Blue badge scheme
We run the Blue Badge Scheme (formerly orange badge scheme) in line with the Department for Transport's regulations.
As of 1 January 2012 the Government introduced some changes to the scheme as part of the Blue Badge reform programme. These changes include:
we will continue to process Blue Badge applications, however, we no longer produce the badges
the introduction of a new anti-fraud Blue Badge design which is produced by Payne Security
the creation of a national Blue Badge database
a charge of £10 for each successful application.
The eligibility criteria remains the same.
The scheme provides a national arrangement of parking concessions for people with severe walking difficulties who either travel as drivers or passengers.
Find out how to apply for your blue badge.
The scheme allows badge holders to park close to their destination and also applies to:
registered blind people
people who drive regularly and have a severe disability in both arms
if you drive regularly and have a severe disability in both arms and have considerable difficulty in operating parking meters
people who receive Higher Rate Mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance
people who receive the War Pensioners Mobility Supplement
people who receive a benefit under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme.
Organisations who care for disabled people can apply for organisational badges, which provide the same parking concessions as an individual badge.
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