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Blue Badge

Blue Badge

Blue Badge 

 

Guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/blue-badge-can-i-get-one/can-i-get-a-blue-badge  

Application: https://www.gov.uk/apply-blue-badge 

The Blue Badge scheme is a Europe-wide scheme that entitles disabled people to additional parking rights. You do not have to be a driver or own a car to obtain a Blue Badge. The scheme allows you to park closer to your destination if you are disabled. 

 

Eligibility 

 

Automatic eligibility 

England 

You will automatically get a Blue Badge if: 

  • You receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) 
  • You receive 8 points or more under the “moving around” activity of the mobility component of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP)  
  • You are registered blind (severely sight impaired) 
  • You receive a War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement 
  • You have received a lump sum benefit within tariff levels 1-8 of the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking 
  • You receive the mobility component of PIP and have obtained 10 points specifically for descriptor E under the ‘planning and following journeys’ activity, on the grounds that you are unable to undertake any journey because it would cause you overwhelming psychological distress 

 

Scotland 

https://www.mygov.scot/apply-blue-badge/  

  • You are under 16 and have a letter confirming your eligibility from your visual impairment care team 
  • You are 16 or over and registered or certified as severely sight impaired 
  • You get the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance 
  • You get the Personal Independence Payment and scored: 
  •  8 points or more in the ‘moving around’ area of your assessment, and/or 
  •  12 points or more in the ‘planning and following a journey’ area of your assessment 
  • You get Personal Independence Payment and used to get the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance on an indefinite or lifetime basis 
  • You get Personal Independence Payment, used to get the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance, and your Personal Independence Payment decision is being appealed 
  • You get the War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement 
  • You got a lump sum payment from tariffs 1 to 8 of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability 

 

Wales 

https://gov.wales/parking-blue-badges-road-offences  

  • You receive the Higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) 
  • You receive a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) at the following levels: 
  • 12 points for Planning and Following a Journey  
  • 8 points or more for moving around  
  • Armed Forces Compensation Scheme Tariff 1-8 (inclusive) and includes Permanent Mental Disorder under Tariff 6  
  •  War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement 
  • You are registered blind or have a severe sight impairment 
  • you receive tariff level 6 of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme for a permanent mental disorder 

 

Northern Ireland 

Note: Please note that the application process for the Blue Badge differs for Northern Ireland. Please visit the dedicated website for information and application : https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/information-and-services/motoring-and-transport/blue-badge-scheme  

  • receive the higher rate of the mobility part of Disability Living Allowance 
  • receive a War Pension Mobility Supplement 
  • receive a benefit under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme within tariff levels one to eight (inclusive) and have been certified by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA) as having a permanent impairment which causes inability to walk or a lot of difficulty walking 
  • are registered blind 
  • receive eight points or more under the ‘moving around’ activity for the mobility part of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) 
  • drive a vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms and are unable to operate, or have a lot of difficulty operating, all or some types of parking meter 
  • have a permanent disability which means you cannot walk or have a lot of difficulty walking – in this case your doctor may be asked to confirm your eligibility 

 

Non-Automatic eligibility 

People who may be issued with a badge after further assessment are those who are more than two years old and fall within one or more of the following descriptions: 

  • You drive a vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms and is unable to operate, or have considerable difficulty in operating, all or some types of parking meters 
  • You have a permanent and substantial disability that causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking 
  • You find walking very difficult due to pain, breathlessness or the time it takes 
  • You have a terminal illness, which means you cannot walk or find walking very difficult and have a DS1500 form 
  • you are constantly a significant risk to yourself or others near vehicles, in traffic or car parks 
  • you struggle severely to plan or follow a journey 
  • you find it difficult or impossible to control your actions and lack awareness of the impact you could have on others 
  • you regularly have intense and overwhelming responses to situations causing temporary loss of behavioural control 
  • you frequently become extremely anxious or fearful of public/open spaces 

 

In addition, children under the age of three may be eligible for a badge if they fall within either or both of the following descriptions: 

  • A child who, on account of a condition, must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around with the child without great difficulty; 
  • A child who, on account of a condition, must always be kept near a motor vehicle so that, if necessary, treatment for that condition can be given in the vehicle or the child can be taken quickly in the vehicle to a place where such treatment can be given 

 

Your council will assess your eligibility for a Blue Badge.  They cannot start the assessment process until they have all the necessary evidence, which may take 12 weeks or more. 

 

London 

Blue badge holders are exempt from the congestion charge. 

You can apply for the discount here: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/cc-blue-badge-before-you-begin-29758  
 

Application 

You can apply for or renew your Blue Badge online on the Government website. Some councils also let you apply on a paper form – please contact your local council to check. 

If are applying under non-automatic eligibility criteria, you will need to fill out an additional part of the application form online. You will need to provide supporting evidence and explain on what grounds you are applying for a Blue Badge. 

You will also need to provide a proof of ID and address, as well as your National Insurance Number.  

 

Last updated: March 2021 

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