Will I Qualify for a Blue Badge?
Blue Badges are issued to people who fulfil the specific criteria set by the Department for Transport, which is as follows:
1. Automatic Qualification - People automatically qualify for a Blue Badge if they are over the age of two years old and meet at least one of the following criteria:
- In receipt of the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance; or the new Personal Independence Payment, point 8 or above for moving around. This must have a minimum of 8 months to run on the award, on receipt of your application.
- Are registered as severely sight impaired (blind); or
- Receive a War Pensioners Mobility Supplement
2. Qualification based on Disability and Mobility Assessment
Some people may also be eligible for a Blue Badge if they are more than two years old and either:
- Have a permanent and substantial disability which means that they cannot walk, or which makes walking very difficult; or
- Drive a motor vehicle regularly and 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).
3. Special rules for Children under three - A parent of a child who is less than three years old may apply for a badge for their child if that child has a specific medical condition which means they:
- 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 hospital.
If you do not meet the automatic criteria, you will be required to attend a mobility assessment. Our mobility assessors will assess you so we can see how your disability affects your walking.
If you are invited to have a mobility assessment for your Blue Badge application, the appointment will be arranged for you by the Blue Badge team - to take place at Inspire's office at Slade Green or at Sidcup Library. The appointment should take no longer than 45 minutes and forms part of your mobility assessment. The team will contact you to arrange a mutually convenient time.
You will not need to submit a medical report with your application. However, please bring with you any relevant medical information ( for example hospital letters, prescriptions etc) indicating your condition that you may have in your possession, as this will help support your application.
If required, we may contact your Consultant at a later date to seek information regarding the medical condition affecting your mobility
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Frequently Asked Questions - 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