Blue Badge parking

Blue Badge "advice" warning

Some private websites charge a fee for advice and help with applications for a Blue Badge. These websites are not connected with us or the government, and do not guarantee a successful application. If you've been affected by a private website that has charged you a fee, you should report it to the Citizens Advice consumer service.

We advise residents simply to follow the advice and links here on our website.

Parking with a Blue Badge

You can use your Blue Badge when you are driving or are a passenger in a car. Other people, such as your friends or relatives, can't use the badge unless you are travelling with them.

Where you can park in Thurrock

If you clearly display a valid Blue Badge in your vehicle, you can park for free, for as long as you need in:

  • any Thurrock Council car park bay except at Cromwell Road car park in Grays
  • a free short stay parking bay
  • a pay and display parking bay
  • a permit holder bay - resident, business, visitor permits
  • a shared use parking bay - permit holders and pay and display
  • a disabled person's parking bay that does not have a maximum stay time

If you clearly display a valid Blue Badge in your vehicle, with the clock showing the time you arrived, you can also park:

  • on single or double yellow lines for up to 3 hours when there are no loading restrictions
  • in a disabled persons' parking bay that has a maximum stay time

Where you can't park in Thurrock

You cannot park with a Blue Badge at any time:

  • on a single or double yellow lines when there are loading restrictions
  • in a suspended parking bay
  • in a loading bay
  • in a bus parking bay
  • in a motorcycle bay
  • in a doctor parking bay
  • in a police vehicle bay
  • in an electric vehicle bay
  • when there are school 'keep clear' restrictions in place
  • on a bus stop or taxi rank clearways where a yellow 'no stopping' sign is displayed