If you're disabled or have mobility problems, a blue badge lets you park nearer to places you need to go. The badge is not linked to a specific vehicle – so it can be used in any car you’re travelling in, whether you’re the driver or passenger.
If you’re a parent or carer of a child with disabilities or mobility issues you can apply for a blue badge on their behalf.
Where you can park?
Check guidance from the Department for Transport (DfT). It will explain your rights and responsibilities when using the badge and provides information about where you can park.
Remember to make sure you put your badge, with the photo facing down, on your dashboard so it can be clearly seen from outside the car, and set the time where necessary.
Who can have a blue badge?
You could be automatically eligible for a blue badge if you:
- receive the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (HRMCDLA)
- receive Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and score eight points or more in the 'moving around' part of your assessment
- receive Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and score 10 points specifically for Descriptor E under the “planning and following journeys” activity, on the grounds you can’t undertake any journey because it would cause you overwhelming psychological distress
- receive a War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement
- have been awarded a lump sum from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (tariffs 1-8) and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which means you can’t walk or you find walking very difficult
- are registered blind or severely sight impaired
You may be able to have a badge after a further assessment if you are:
A person who drives a vehicle regularly, has a severe disability in both arms and is unable to operate, or has considerable difficulty in operating, all or some types of parking meter; or
A person who has been certified as having an enduring and substantial disability which causes them, during the course of a journey, to:
Be unable to walk;
Experience very considerable difficulty whilst walking, which may include very considerable psychological distress; or
Be at risk of serious harm when walking; or pose, when walking, a risk of serious harm to any other person
Any of the above three types of difficulty whilst walking could potentially be caused by a physical disability, or by a ‘non-physical’ disability. In either case, the disability experienced by the applicant must endure for at least three years.
Having a certain condition or disability does not automatically entitle somebody to a Blue Badge.
Children under the age of three may be eligible for a badge if they fall within either or both of the following descriptions:
- 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
Some organisations like to apply for a blue badge, but if you’re transporting someone who has one, their badge can be used - even if you’re driving a minibus with other people on, for example. So it may be better to encourage people who are eligible to apply for their own badge, which can then be used in any vehicle they travel in.