Blue Badge disability parking scheme

If you have mobility problems, a Blue Badge parking permit will give you the right to park in disabled parking bays in town centres and car parks.

The scheme is recognised across the European Union. It is designed to help severely disabled people to travel independently, as either a driver or passenger, by allowing them to park close to their destination.

Who qualifies for a Blue Badge?

A person is automatically eligible for a badge if they are over two years old and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Receives the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance;
  • Receives a Personal Independence Payment for being unable to walk further than 50 metres (a score of 8 points or more under the ‘moving around’ activity of the mobility component);
  • Is registered blind (severely sight impaired);
  • Receives a War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement; or
  • Has received a lump sum benefit within tariff levels 1-8 of the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme and has 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 either:

  • have a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.
  • they drive a motor vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms, and are unable to operate, or have considerable difficulty operating, all or some types of parking meter.

Blue Badges are also available for organisations, that care for and transport disabled people who would themselves meet one or more of the eligibility criteria for an individual Blue Badge.

Special rules for children under three

A parent of a child who is less than three years old may apply for a badge for their child if the child has a specific medical condition which means that they:

  • must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around without great difficulty;
  • need to be kept near a vehicle at all times, so that they can, if necessary, be treated in the vehicle, or quickly driven to a place where they can be treated, such as a hospital.

Who to contact

Contact name
Blue Badge Scheme
03000 269 425

Where to go

Blue Badge Scheme
PO Box 115
County Durham
DL16 6JQ

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