The Blue Badge Scheme is a useful services available to UK drivers and passengers with a disability. It’s a ticket that helps people with seriously impaired mobility or a hidden disability park closer to their destinations on our congested streets.
The Scheme, administered through local councils, has been in operation since 2000 and around 2.3 million Blue Badges have been issued in England alone which is 4.1% of the population.
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, a Blue Badge permit holder can park their vehicle for free on single or double yellow lines for a maximum of 3 hours (except where there are restrictions). In Scotland there is currently no time limit.
By using this badge you can usually park for free and with no time limit where there are on-street parking meters and in disabled parking bays.
However it’s important to note that you should never assume that parking is free just because you qualified for a Blue Badge. Double check the local signage to confirm this and always ensure you’re parking your vehicle in a safe way so that you don’t endanger yourself, pedestrians, or other road users.
There are 2 qualification paths:
Qualifying for a Blue Badge in England without further assessment requires that applicants are over two years old and meet one or more of the following criteria:
In England, if you don’t receive qualifying benefits you can still apply for a Blue Badge along a ‘with further assessment’ qualification route. This also applies if you’ve lost your DLA in a PIP reassessment or didn’t get the number of points needed.
The modest cost varies depending on where you live. In England and Northern Ireland a Blue Badge currently costs £10. In Scotland the cost is £20, while applicants in Wales currently get their badges for free. As soon as it arrives (usually after 3 - 8 weeks) you can start using it to park. These badges are then valid for 3 years before you’ll have to re-apply for the badge again.
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