What is the Blue Badge Scheme?
The scheme provides an almost national arrangement of parking concessions for people with severe walking difficulties and people who are registered as severely sight impaired (blind) who travel either as passengers or drivers.
Badges will not be issued to people who are temporarily incapacitated, for example if they have a broken leg or recovering from surgery such as a hip replacement.
Are you eligible for a Blue Badge?
Automatic eligibility criteria
You will be automatically eligible for a Blue Badge if you are:
- registered with a Local Authority as severely sight impaired (blind)
- in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) at the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component (help with getting around)
- in receipt of a War Pensioners Mobility Supplement
- awarded a lump sum benefit under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) within tariff levels 1-8 (inclusive) and Certified by the Secretary of State as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking
In addition if you have been diagnosed as terminally ill (this is where a person has a progressive disease and who is not reasonably expected to live for more than 12 months) then you will qualify for a Blue Badge.
Assessed eligibility criteria (if you do not automatically qualify)
If you do not meet any of the automatic qualifying criteria then you will only qualify if you meet one of the following ‘Assessed eligibility’ criteria:
- you have a severe disability affecting both arms and you regularly drive and you are unable or have considerable difficulty in operating all or some types of parking meter (see page 6 of ‘Can I get a Blue Badge?’)
- the applicant is a child under the age of three suffering a medical condition requiring bulky medical equipment or immediate access to a vehicle for treatment (see page 7 of ‘Can I get a Blue Badge?’)
- you are unable to walk or you have considerable difficulty in walking due to a permanent and substantial disability i.e. a condition that is likely to last at least 3 years (see page 5 of ‘Can I get a Blue Badge?’
Your right to receive a Blue Badge will be determined by us and as such you may be required to attend a Blue Badge Mobility Assessment in order that your eligibility may be assessed.
How can I apply for a Blue Badge
You can apply online via the Direct.gov website using the link below.
You will need the following information to complete your application:
- National Insurance number
- Driving license number
- A passport photo
- Details of your current badge if you have one
You will be asked a few questions to see if you may be eligible before applying. These questions will only take two or three minutes. Once you have applied, your form will be sent to us for a decision.
You can download the application form on this page or contact our Customer Service Centre on 0345 678 9014 to request a Blue Badge Application Pack which will be posted to you.
Completed applications should be forwarded to:
The Blue Badge Service
Meadow Farm Drive
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