About the Blue Badge Scheme
The concessions provided under the scheme apply to on-street parking only. Badge holders may park on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours in England and Wales, except where there is a ban on loading or unloading. There are also a few locations where local schemes apply, such as parts of central London. You must display both your Blue Badge and Parking Disc showing time of arrival.
- There is no limit for parking on yellow lines in Scotland.
- Badge holders may park for free and for as long as they need to at on-street parking meters and pay-and-display machines, unless there is a traffic sign specifying a time limit for holders of Blue Badges.
- Where a time limit is in force you must also display the special blue parking disc showing time of arrival.
While the scheme operates throughout the UK, there are small variations in its application in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Can I apply for a Blue Badge
Please remember: It is not possible to issue a badge on a temporary basis.
You will automatically qualify for a Blue Badge if you show the following evidence:
- You are receiving the higher rate mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance
- You are in receipt of a War Pensioners Mobility supplement
- If your vehicle is funded by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) via the Mobility Scheme
- You are registered blind
- You are receiving the higher rate Attendance Allowance
- You have a severe disability in both upper arms and regularly drive a vehicle but cannot operate or have considerable difficulty in operating all or some types of parking meter.
You may still qualify for a Blue Badge if you have a permanent and substantial disability that means you:
- Cannot walk at all,
- Have very considerable difficulty in walking,
- You are a child under two years of age who because of a specific medical condition needs to travel with bulky medical equipment or needs to be close to a vehicle for medical treatment.
You will not qualify if:
- You do not meet any of the above criteria
- Your disability is only temporary, such as a broken limb
- You are awaiting surgery for a hip replacement
- You experience a psychological disorder that does not cause you severe discomfort
- You only experience walking difficulties when carrying objects, such as shopping
- Your condition does not continuously severely limit your ability to walk much better than others.
Please note: If you are applying for a Blue Badge under the discretionary criteria, we will write to your GP to confirm the information that you have provided.
Blue Badge Fees
There is no charge for the provision of a Blue Badge to:
To new (first time) badge holders.
- When renewing your car badge.
However, a fee of £10 will be payable if you have lost your Blue Badge and apply for a replacement.
Where the scheme does not apply
The Blue Badge scheme does not apply to off-street car parks, private roads or at most Airports. The scheme also does not fully apply in four central London boroughs.
Misuse of a Car Badge
Local councils can take away a badge if the badge holder misuse it, for example, by allowing other people to use it or if a persons disability improves so that they are no longer eligible for the scheme.
If you are a badge holder, it can only be used for your benefit. If a trip is for someone else and you are a passenger and staying in the vehicle, you cannot use the badge simply to let them benefit from free parking.
Blue badges must be properly issued and displayed in accordance with the regulations. Badges should be displayed on the dashboard or fascia of the vehicle with the side showing the wheelchair symbol facing forward. Badges should be removed from view when the parking concessions are not being used.
It is an offence if people other than the badge holder take advantage of the parking concessions provided under the scheme. The maximum fine if someone is convicted is £1,000 plus any additional penalty for the related parking offence.
If you are aware that someone is misusing a Blue Badge you can report it to the Police, a Traffic Warden or your local Social Services department.
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