If you have severe mobility problems, or are responsible for a child less than three years old who has, the Blue Badge scheme can help you to park closer to your destination.
The Blue Badge can be used in any vehicle in which the holder is travelling. The holder doesn’t have to be the driver.
Blue Badges are issued only to people with permanent and substantial disabilities which affect mobility, and parents and carers of children under three with such disabilities.
Who can get a Blue Badge
You automatically qualify for a Blue Badge if one of the following applies:
- you receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- you receive the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- you’re registered blind (severely sight impaired)
- you receive a War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement (WPMS)
- you’ve been awarded a lump sum benefit at tariffs 1 to 8 of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and are certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes the inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking
Applicants who wish to apply for a Blue badge under the new hidden disability criteria will need to wait until the legislation changes come into effect on 30 August 2019.
You might be able to get a Blue Badge, after further assessment, if you are more than two years old and:
- You drive a vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms and are unable to operate, (or have considerable difficulty in operating), all or some types of parking meter;
- You have a permanent and substantial disability that causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.
You’ll be invited for assessment by an independent mobility assessor such as an occupational therapist to confirm that you’re eligible for a Blue Badge.
Children under the age of three may be able to get a Blue Badge if either or both of the following descriptions apply:
- 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.
A Blue Badge may be issued to organisations that care for and transport disabled people who meet the eligibility criteria for a Blue Badge.
If a number of people in the organisation are eligible for a Blue Badge then it would be more appropriate for those persons to apply for their own Blue Badges.
Organisation Badges will only be issued to an organisation which both:
- cares for and transports disabled persons who meet one or more of the eligibility criteria for an individual Blue Badge
- has a clear need for an organisation Blue Badge rather than using personal Blue Badges of the people it's transporting
In all circumstances, Blue Badges will be supplied to organisations or departments (for example, a social services department) rather than to individual staff members.
An organisation’s employees must only use the Blue Badge to transport disabled people in their care who meet one or more of the Blue Badge’s eligibility criteria.
If employees use the Blue Badge for parking concessions when there are no passengers in the vehicle who are eligible for a Blue Badge, they’ll face a fine of up to £1,000.
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