The Blue Badge scheme is for drivers or passengers with severe mobility problems who have difficulties using public transport. It allows holders of a Blue Badge to park close to where they need to go and operates throughout the UK. It is administered by local authorities, who deal with applications and the issuing of badges.
The Blue Badge scheme is to be extended to hidden disabilities, including autism and mental health conditions. Updated August 2018.
Anyone over two years old automatically qualifies for a Blue Badge if they:
- are registered blind
- receive a War Pensioner’s Mobility supplement
- receive the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
- have received a lump sum benefit from the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme (within tariff levels 1-8) and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking
Some people may also be eligible for a badge if they are more than two years old and have a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking. For more details about eligibility see DirectGov or your local authority website.
- Changes are planned for the Blue Badge scheme when D.L.A. is replaced by Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
How to apply
- Parking Space Invaders - disabled parking provisions and abuse in the UK (Confused.com)
- Disabled Motoring UK - a charity for disabled drivers, passengers and Blue Badge holders (formerly the Disabled Drivers' Association)
- Disabled Motorists Federation - a charity which aims to give advice to disabled people and their carers on issues relating to motoring and transport matters