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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 badge 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
  • receive Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for meeting  'Moving Around' descriptor for the Mobility Component because you either cannot stand or can stand but walk no more than 50 metres. This is a score of 8 points or more.
  • 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 substantial 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. For an application form please e-mail disabledtravel@southwark.gov.uk or call 0207 525 2146.

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 travel support team on 0207 525 2146, who will be happy to help.

Renewing your blue badge

We have introduced a semi automatic renewal process. We will contact you by letter shortly before your badge expires as we may require additional information from you. If you do not receive a letter two weeks prior to your badge expiring please contact the travel support team on 0207 525 2146 disabledtravel@southwark.gov.uk.

Replacing your blue badge if it is lost or stolen

If your badge is stolen report the theft to the police who will provide you with a crime reference number.

If you lose your badge report it to the National Property Register and obtain an immobilise reference number. https://www.immobilise.com/

You can 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.


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