Disabled parking permit - blue badge
The Blue Badge Scheme provides a national arrangement of on-street parking concessions enabling people with severe walking difficulties who travel either as drivers or passengers to park close to their destination.
The scheme also applies to registered blind people and people with severe upper limb disabilities who regularly drive a vehicle but cannot turn a steering wheel by hand. Further information is available from the Department for Transport.
The badge is registered to a person and NOT to a vehicle. The holder of the badge must be with the vehicle when the it is displayed.
Who can get a Blue Badge?
You are automatically eligible to apply for a badge if you are over two years old and either:
- receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance
- are registered blind. You will need to enclose your Certificate of Vision Impairment (CVI) or medical evidence as proof
- receive a War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement. You will need to enclose proof of this e.g. letter confirming award of mobility supplement
- received a lump sum from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme at tariff 1-8 and been assessed by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency as being unable or virtually unable to walk
You may also be eligible to apply for a badge for yourself or a child over two years old and either:
- have a permanent and sustainable disability which means you cannot walk, or which makes walking very difficult
- drive a motor vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms, and are unable to operate all or some types of parking meter, or would find it very difficult to operate them
Specific medical conditions
If you are a parent/carer of a child who is less than two years old you may apply for a badge for a child if they have a specific medical condition which means that they either:
- 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
In these cases we may ask you more questions to help us determine whether you are eligible for a badge.
Organisations caring for disabled people
Organisations caring for disabled people meeting the above criteria may be able to get a badge, but this is entirely at our discretion.
Applying for a blue badge
The easiest and quickest way to apply for a blue badge is to complete our simple online application.
If you are having difficulties completing the form you should call the concessionary travel team on 0207 525 2146, who will be happy to help.
Renewing your blue badge
We have introduced an automatic renewal process and we will contact you shortly before your badge expires if we need any additional information from you. If no further information is required, your new badge will be automatically processed and post to you.
Replacing your blue badge if it is lost or stolen
You will need to report the loss / theft to the police who will provide a crime reference number or loss report number.
You can then apply for a replacement badge using our simple online replacement form.
London congestion charge exemption
Blue Badge holders qualify for a 100 per cent exemption from the London congestion charge, but you must register with Transport for London at least 10 days before your journey and pay a one off £10 registration fee.
Parking in European countries
The Blue Badge scheme is recognised throughout Europe. The Institute of Advanced Motorists, an independent road safety charity, publishes a booklet with detailed information on using the Blue Badge in EU countries.