All you need to know about the Blue Badge Scheme

A Blue Badge allows you to park in lots more places and for more time than most drivers. This is because the Blue Badge is there to help people who either have trouble getting about or have medical conditions that make having a car nearby vital.

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Am I Eligible?

If you have a disability or if your child is disabled or has serious special needs, you may be eligible for a Blue Badge. If you or your child get certain benefits like high rate DLA (disability living allowance) you'll automatically be able to get a Blue Badge.

The Blue Badge can travel with the person it was given to help. So if that’s your child, then the badge can travel with them from babysitter, to parent to family friend. It is a serious infringement to use the card without the disabled child that it was given to in the car, you could get huge fine.

You’re automatically eligible for a Blue Badge if your child:

  • is registered as blind
  • gets the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

It should still apply if your child…

  • has problems walking that are permanent, or that your doctor says are likely to last at least a year
  • can't use their arms
  • Or for a child aged over 2 who has problems walking, or a child under 3 who needs to be close to a vehicle because of a health condition then you'll need to explain that you have to be close to your car to either because of transporting medical equipment or that you need to get home or to a hospital quickly, for example because of unstable epilepsy. You may also be eligible if you carry around bulky equipment because of your child’s condition, you should list it and how often you need to use it. For example, if your child needs ventilators, suction machines, feed pumps or oxygen administration equipment.


What if my child doesn't get DLA?

Still apply. You’ll just have to prove that you need a Blue Badge because of your child’s mobility needs.


Beware of scammers!

Don't apply for a Blue Badge from anywhere other than your council or GOV.UK. There are some really mean people pretending to be able to process the Blue Badge. They can’t! Report anyone who tries to.

How to apply

You can apply for your Blue Badge online on GOV.UK or you can contact your local council and ask for one. You should hear back from your Local Council within 6 to 8 weeks. If your child is not automatically eligible, you'll need to fill in an extra part of the application form to explain why your child needs a badge.

Disabled Parking Rules

Rules for disabled parking can be tricky. Read our guidance below but if you’re not sure, check ahead of time. Check out the Blue Badge guide to rights and responsibilities.

Where you can park

Yellow lines - Badge holders may park on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours but in general not where there are restrictions on loading or unloading. (You may wish to check whether a particular local authority has chosen to exempt Blue Badge holders from this restriction.) Check the rules for your area. You must display the Blue Badge and the blue parking clock showing the quarter hour period during which you arrived. You CANNOT park on yellow lines in off-street car parks.

‘On-street’ parking meters and pay-and- display machines - Badge holders may park for free and for as long as they need to. You must display the Blue Badge (and the blue parking clock if the bay is time limited).

‘On-street’ disabled parking bays or disabled parking spaces (Signs have a blue wheelchair symbol)  - You may park for free. Unless signs say otherwise, you may park without time limit. You must display the Blue Badge (and the blue parking clock if the bay is time limited).

Where you cannot park and when to check…

  • Airports and airport systems – check with them directly
  • Certain areas of central London and certain town centres in the UK have their own rules. Check first before you set off.
  • Private roads are a no-no as
  • red routes in Greater London
  • Resident’s parking bays
  • Loading bays
  • No stopping clearways
  • Bus stops, bus tram or cycle lanes
  • School ‘keep clear’ areas
  • Suspended meter bays
  • Temporary no parking zones
  • Parking opposite or within 10m of a junction
  • Where a curb has been lowered for wheelchair use

Disabled Parking in London

To find detailed up-to-date advice . This will give you details of where and when you can park. You can get a fantastic map with ALL the blue badge bays that you could ever need!

Parking Guide

You can also use this guide to find out where Blue Badge holders can park.

Using your blue badge abroad

The Blue Badge is recognised in all European countries and allows you to make use of the same parking concessions as the country’s own citizens with disability.

Parking concessions for holders of a disabled parking card differ from country to country, so it’s important to check the rules in the country you’re visiting.

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