Coronavirus: Blue Badges

Any Blue Badges that have expired since 1 January 2020 can be used in council owned car parks only until 30 September 2020.

Blue Badges

1. Eligibility for a Blue Badge

The Blue Badge is a national scheme for disabled people with severe mobility problems. It allows holders who have difficulty using public transport, to park closer to where they need to go.

Holders can either be the driver or the passenger of a vehicle they are travelling in.

The Blue Badge allows:

  • holders to park without charge or time limit in otherwise restricted areas
  • parking on yellow lines for up to 3 hours, unless a loading ban is in place

Each Blue Badge costs £10.

If you're disabled or have a health condition that affects your mobility, you can apply.

There are 2 types of eligibility criteria:

Without an assessment

You must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • you receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance (HRMCDLA)
  • you receive 8 points or more under the “moving around” activity of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • you're registered blind - severely sight impaired
  • you receive a War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement (WPMS)
  • you've been:
    • both awarded a lump sum benefit at tariffs 1 to 8 of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS)
    • and certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or considerable difficulty in walking

Note: Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP) awards are not included in the Type 1 eligibility criteria.

Subject to a mobility assessment

You may still be eligible for a Blue Badge if you do not qualify automatically.

You must meet one or both of the following criteria:

  • you have a severe disability affecting both arms, drive regularly and find it difficult to use all or some types of parking meters
  • you have a permanent and substantial disability that causes inability to walk or considerable difficulty in walking

Children under 3 years old

Your child could be eligible for a Blue Badge if they:

  • need to be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around with them without great difficulty
  • need to be kept near a motor vehicle. For example:
    • so that treatment for their condition can be given in the vehicle if necessary
    • they can be taken quickly in the vehicle to a place where the treatment can be given