Published on September 3rd, 2018 | by Sam Rose0
Are You Aware of the Blue Badge?
When taking trips out of the house, it’s likely you’ll have seen some cars displaying a blue badge on their dashboard. But what is a Blue Badge and what does it entitle you to if you’re eligible?
In England, the Blue Badge scheme was introduced in accordance with the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970. It is referred to as a disabled parking permit or as a disabled badge amongst other names. The Blue Badge enables anyone with a genuine disability or health condition access to designated car parking spaces. In some instances, it also allows permission to park in time-limited car parking spaces for a longer time period. These spaces are often much closer to buildings or store premises and should only be used by members of the public that can display a Blue Badge.
What Could Make Me Eligible for a Blue Badge?
To be eligible for a Blue Badge, the UK Government has set out several areas of evaluative criteria. These include:
- If you are officially registered as blind
- If you currently receive the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- If you receive War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement
- If you currently receive Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and have scored 8 points or more in the ‘moving around’ area of your assessment
- If you received a lump sum payment as part of the Armed Forces Compensation scheme (tariffs 1 to 8) and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability.
Whilst these parts of criteria will make you automatically eligible to receive a Blue Badge, it is also worth applying for one if you experience walking problems, have issues related to use of your arms. You can also apply on behalf of a child over the age of 2 who has walking problems or on behalf of a child under the age of 3 who needs to be close to a vehicle due to a health condition.
How Can I Apply for a Blue Badge?
If you meet any of the listed criteria mentioned, then there are a few ways to apply for one. The first way is to apply for a Blue Badge online on the UK Government’s website. If you prefer to apply using a paper form rather than an online one, then it’s best to contact your local council and request one. You can locate your nearest council using this tool. You should never apply for a Blue Badge from anywhere other than your local council or the official UK Government website. Any applications for a Blue Badge to anywhere other than your council or the UK Government is deemed fraudulent and should be reported to local authorities.
Should you meet one of the automatic requirements, then the process is as simple as submitting your application form and waiting for your badge to arrive. However, if you are applying due to criteria which is not listed as being automatically approved, then you will be asked to fill in an extra part of the application form. On it, you will need to explain the reason for needing a Blue Badge.
Once you’ve made an application, the estimated timeframe in which to hear back on whether you have been successful is between 6 to 8 weeks. This may vary depending on the council you have applied to. If you are concerned on how long a decision may take, you can contact your local council directly where they can provide you with a more accurate timeframe. In certain cases, you may be asked to do a mobility assessment, where a health professional will evaluate your abilities in carrying out mobility activities. It’s important to note that you will need to renew your badge after 3 years or when you no longer receive the benefit your badge is linked to.
Blue Badge Display Wallets
If you’ve recently received a Blue Badge or are applying for one, a Blue Badge Company Disabled Blue Badge Holder will make sure your permit stays well protected from potential damage. Compliant with the Department of Transport guidelines, each holder has been especially designed to fit the disabled parking permits that are currently in use and are available right now from the Post Office Shop website in a variety of styles and colours.