Blue Badge parking scheme

The Blue Badge scheme is designed to give registered severely visually impaired people and those who are unable or virtually unable to walk the ability to park close to the facilities and services they need to use, so as to improve their lifestyle, independence and freedom of choice.

All new badges issued are blue and are usable in all European Union countries (EU). For greater security and to help prevent abuse of parking privileges, the badge holder’s photograph will be sealed into the back of the badge.

Who is eligible for a badge?

Under current regulations governing the scheme badges may be automatically issued without further assessment to disabled people if they:

  • receive the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) (help with getting about) or
  • receive 8 points or more under the “moving around” activity of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or
  • are registered severely sight impaired or
  • receive a War Pensioners Mobility Supplement or
  • receive an Armed Forces Compensation Award

Other people may be issued a badge if their disability is:

Permanent and substantial and causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.

Applicants will need to demonstrate that their ability to walk is affected to the extent that they would be unable to access goods or services unless allowed to park close to shops, public buildings and other facilities. The applicant’s inability to walk or severe difficulty in walking must be permanent and not just intermittent or temporary. Things such as difficulty in carrying parcels are not taken into account.

If they have a severe disability in both upper limbs, regularly drive a motor vehicle but cannot operate, or have considerable difficulty operating, all or some types of parking meters or pay and display equipment. A badge will not be issued under this rule to a person who will be travelling purely as a passenger.

Children under two years of age

Children under two years of age may be eligible for a badge if they need to have bulky medical equipment with them at all times, such as an oxygen supply, or if they have a specific condition which may require them to be near a vehicle, either to receive treatment in the vehicle, or be transported quickly to a place where they can be treated, such as hospital.

If you feel that you qualify for a badge, you can

Apply online

Whether you apply online or by post, you need to send us the right paperwork to support your application. Without this we will not be able to start processing your application and it will take much longer.

You will need to send us:

  • Proof of your identity – such as a copy of your birth or adoption certificate, marriage or divorce certificate, or valid driving licence or passport. This helps prevent fraudulent applications.
  • Proof of your address – a copy of your council tax bill, a benefit award letter. pensions letter or letter from a hospital, addressed to you at your home and dated within the last 12 months. 
  • Copies of any other documents and evidence we need to support your application. This will usually be a benefit entitlement letter or recent medical evidence to verify your level of disability.
  • A colour photo that meets passport standards with your name and postcode on the back.
  • A cheque or postal order for £10 made payable to Gloucestershire County Council as payment for your badge. This will be returned to you if we decide you are not eligible.

You will find a list of all the documents you need to post us when you apply online, or in the guidance notes in the application pack.

A blue badge is only valid for up to three years, so if you are still entitled to a blue badge you need to complete a reapplication form at least 4-6 weeks prior to when your badge expires. You can Apply online

You should receive a reminder letter along with a reapplication form approx. 6-8 weeks before your current badge expires – you do not need to request an application form. If you have moved house in the last three years then we may not know, please contact us to let us know your new address. If you haven’t received your reapplication letter during this period, please e-mail bluebadge@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Whether you apply online or by post, you need to send us the right paperwork to support your application as detailed above.

Your current badge is valid in the UK until its expiry date.

This depends on a number of things. On average applications take approximately 4-6 weeks. Although individual cases vary, this is because we may need to arrange an assessment for you. You can help to speed things up by making sure you complete the form properly and send everything that’s asked for. The biggest delay, generally, is finding out if you qualify for a badge, so if you automatically qualify it makes a huge difference if you send your proof with your form.
The Blue Badge team receives a large number of applications for badges. During periods of high volume this may be longer. The decision whether or not to issue a badge rests solely with Gloucestershire County Council.

If your application is successful there is an administrative charge of £10.00 to be paid before we can issue your badge.

No, Blue Badges that have expired must not be used. Anyone found doing so may be prosecuted and receive a fine.

If you don’t live in Gloucestershire you will need to look at your local council website for details on applying for or renewing your blue badge.

The Department for Transport leaflet “The Blue Badge scheme: rights and responsibilities in England” gives further information in relation to parking and is issued with all new badges. It is also available by clicking here

Blue Badges can be used throughout the UK and in some other European countries. Further information on using a blue badge within the European Union can be found by clicking here

There are currently no arrangements with countries outside Europe. However, we advise that you read the parking rules of another country before travelling and ensure you check with the local enforcement agency when you arrive.

Badge holders can have their badges withdrawn if there is reason to believe it has been misused. The badge holder is responsible for the badge and should not allow it to be misused by other people.

If you have changed your address please notify the Blue Badge team by emailing bluebadge@gloucestershire.gov.uk; include a proof of address document.

The badge remains valid and the owner can continue to use the badge until it expires.

You are not required to own a vehicle or be able to drive one. The badge belongs to you and can be used in any vehicle in which you are travelling as a passenger.

If you do not meet one of the automatic criteria (e.g. you are not receiving the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance or receiving 8 points or more under the “moving around” activity of the mobility component of (PIP) Personal Independence Payment), you may be asked to attend an assessment with our Independent Mobility Assessor who is an independent Health Professional.

Badges are usually issued for three years, however, if you have less than 3 years left to run on your Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment mobility supplement, we will only issue the blue badge for this time.

 

The 3 year limit enables us to re-assess badge holders and ensure that they still meet the criteria. Although a badge holder may still have the same disability, the degree of disability may have improved to such an extent that they no longer meet the criteria. If the badge holder has a permanent disability that will not change (e.g. Registered Severely Sight Impaired), the opportunity to renew the badge allows us to ensure that their personal details (e.g. address) are still the same.

The Blue Badge must be displayed in the front of the vehicle, preferably on the dashboard. It is important to display the Blue Badge the correct way up, i.e. with the wheelchair symbol and expiry date facing upwards so that the details can be clearly read. If the clock is required it should be set to the time of arrival and be clearly displayed alongside the badge. Please take care not to overlap the badge and clock hiding any details.

The badge must only be displayed in a car being used by the holder as a driver or passenger. It is against the law for able-bodied people to use a Blue Badge. Misuse of a Blue Badge may incur a fine of up to £1000. The Blue Badge can be withdrawn if you misuse it or allow other people to use it.

There is no right of appeal against a decision to refuse a blue badge.

You may ask the Blue Badge Team to review the decision if you feel that:

  • Your mobility problems have become more serious; or
  • All the relevant facts were not taken into consideration at the time of assessment.

You will need to provide additional information, including reports from a health professional (e.g. hospital consultant or physiotherapist).

A request to review a decision will need to be put in writing and sent to the Blue Badge Team along with any additional supporting information. Send to:

Blue Badge Team
Sandford Park House
39/41 London Road
Cheltenham
Glos GL52 6XJ

If you have lost or had your badge stolen you must report it to your local police station. They will provide you with a lost property or crime reference number.
You can request an application form from the Blue Badge Team by e-mailing:

bluebadge@gloucestershire.gov.uk

If your badge has faded, or been damaged, you must return it with the replacement badge form.
You will need to pay a fee of £10 for a replacement badge.

Please return the badge to:
Blue Badge Team
Sandford Park House
39/41 London Road
Cheltenham
Glos GL52 6XJ

Please return the badge to:
Blue Badge Team
Sandford Park House
39/41 London Road
Cheltenham
Glos GL52 6XJ

No, under Department of Transport legislation only one badge can be issued per person.

No, temporary badges are not issued.

No. Due to the way in which a photo is attached to a Blue Badge, it is not possible to recover for re-use.

You must call DVLA on 0300 790 6802

Further information on obtaining a disabled bus pass can be found here

You can provide one of the following items:

•  DWP benefit letter
•  NHS/GP letter
•  Copy of their medical prescription
•  Local Authority/Education letter, which refers to your child and shows their address.

Please note

The department receives a large number of applications for badges. We have to verify the information contained on the application form so please allow a minimum of 4-6 weeks for the application to be processed. During periods of high volume this may be longer. The decision whether or not to issue a badge rests solely with the Gloucestershire County Council.

This authority is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and to this end may use the information you have provided on this form for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes. For further information click here

 

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