Blue Badge parking scheme
Parking as close as possible to where you need to go is really important if you have mobility difficulties. That's where the Blue Badge Scheme can help. The national permit scheme provides a range of parking concessions to help alleviate any issues you may encounter when travelling.
What is the Blue Badge Scheme?
The Blue Badge Scheme allows anyone with a specific disability to park in certain restricted areas. It's designed to make parking closer to your destination easier. The badge is registered to you and not your vehicle which means it can be displayed in any car. The scheme is for both disabled drivers and passengers and is run by local authorities throughout the UK.
Who is eligible for a Blue Badge parking permit?
You automatically qualify for a Blue Badge permit in England if one or more of the following set criteria applies to you:
- You are registered as blind/severely sight impaired
- You receive the War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement
- You receive the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- You have been awarded a lump sum benefit from the Armed Forces Compensation scheme (tariffs 1 to 8). You have also been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which means you can't walk or find walking very difficult.
- You receive the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and you scored at least 8 points in relation to the 'moving around' activity in the PIP assessment.
- You receive a government grant towards your own vehicle.
If you don't automatically qualify, you may still be eligible with further assessment. Your local authority will look at the evidence of your disability to decide whether to issue a Blue Badge.
Where can you park?
If you have a Blue Badge and are using it in England, you can park for any length of time for free at an on-street parking meter and in on-street pay and display parking areas. You're allowed to park at on-street areas reserved for badge holders and on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours, apart from where there are loading and unloading restrictions. Off-street parking including car parks at shopping centres and supermarkets have different rules so it's best to check before travelling. For more information on how the scheme works in your area, visit www.gov.uk/blue-badge-scheme-information-council.
How do you use the Blue Badge permit?
When using your Blue Badge, place it on your vehicle's dashboard, facing upwards, so that the wheelchair symbol can be easily seen through the windscreen. If you're parking somewhere where there is a time limit, you'll need to set the time that you arrived, to the nearest quarter hour, using the time disc.
How do you apply?
You can apply for a Blue Badge at www.gov.uk/apply-blue-badge.