Find out if you are eligible for a Blue Badge
The Blue Badge Scheme provides a national arrangement of parking concessions for people with severe mobility problems to access goods and services, by allowing them to park close to their destination. The scheme is open to eligible disabled people irrespective of whether they are travelling as a driver or as a passenger.
You may qualify automatically if you:
- Are in receipt of Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance
- Are registered blind
- Receive a War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement
- Have been both awarded a lump sum benefit at tariffs 1-8 of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking or
- Are in receipt of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) under the 'Moving Around' category, have been awarded eights points or more, and your condition is likely to last for at least 12 months OR receives 10 points specifically for Descriptor E: under the 'Planning and Following Journey' activity, on the grounds that you cannot undertake any journey because it would cause overwhelming psychological distress to the claimant
Please note that documentary evidence will be required.
You may also qualify if you:
- Have a permanent and substantial disability, which causes an inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking
- Drive a motor vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms, and are unable to operate all or some types of parking meter(or would find it very difficult to operate them)
- Invisible (Hidden) Disabilities - for people who do not automatically qualify. If you experience very considerable difficulty whilst walking, which may include very considerable psychological distress or be at risk of serious harm when walking; or pose, when walking, a risk of serious harm to any other person
If the applicant is under three years of age
A parent of a child under the age of three years old may apply for a badge for their child if the child has a specific medical condition which means that they either:
- Must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around with the child without great difficulty or
- Need to be kept near a motor vehicle at all times, so they can, if necessary, be treated for that condition in the vehicle or quickly driven to a place where they can be treated, such as a hospital
An assessment by the Council's Mobility Assessor may be required if you do not automatically qualify for a badge.
How to use the badge
The badge may only be used when the badge holder is driving or being transported in the vehicle. It may not be used by a friend, relative or helper even when providing a service for the disabled badge holder such as shopping unless the badge holder is travelling with them.
When the badge is used, it must be clearly displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle, with the front (showing the wheelchair user symbol) facing outwards, so that the expiry date, serial number and issuing authority are easily visible through the windscreen.