Blue Badge Scheme
Why do we have to pay £10 for the badge?
The blue badge scheme is a government scheme, but the government ask the local authorities to administer it on their behalf. Badges have also to be purchased, so the £10 fee is a small contribution the Local Authority costs. If you are not found to be eligible for the badge following assessment then this money is refunded.
Why do I have to collect my badge in person?
The Department for Transport request that all badge holders collect their badge in person and hand over an expiring badge. This is done in part to try and prevent the misuse of the scheme
Where may I obtain an application form from?
The forms are available for any library within the borough of Bexley, except Bexley Village and Slade Green, They can also be picked up from the Inspire Office in Slade Green or from the Civic Offices in Watling Street. You may also download the form from the Inspire Community Trust website. The form will tell you what supporting information is required.
Where can I use the blue badge?
Blue badge holders cannot park just anywhere, holders have a responsibility to park safely. All badge holders are provided with a booklet on where you can or cannot park.
What do I do when my existing badge is due to expire?
The onus is on the badge holder to make a reapplication, as reminders are not sent out. Badges are not automatically renewed.
I don’t drive a car. Can I still apply for the blue badge scheme?
Yes. The badge is used to any person with a severe mobility problem so as to allow them to be parked nearer to their destination.
Can my family use my badge to run my errands?
No. The blue badge scheme is designed purely for those who have a disability it is not intended for those who are able bodied to park in a disabled bay or on yellow lines. You will need to be in the car at all times when the badge is used by your family member.
Can I use the blue badge issued to me in any vehicle in which I travel?
Yes, blue badges are issued to a person and as long as the badge holder and the badge are in the car together it doesn’t matter in which vehicle you travel.
Am I eligible for the blue badge?
The blue badge scheme comes under government legislation and those who are registered severely sight impaired (Blind) or have a substantial disability which greatly affects the walking will be deemed eligible for the blue badge. Badges are not issued to those with behavioural problems. Depending on your circumstances you may need to attend a mobility assessment at the Inspire offices to decide if you are eligible.
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