Blue Badge (Disabled) Permits
Disabled Parking (Blue Badge Holders)
The Blue Badge Scheme
The Blue Badge Scheme provides a national arrangement of parking concessions for people with severe walking difficulties who travel either as drivers or passengers. The scheme also applies to registered blind people, and people with very severe upper limb disabilities who regularly drive a vehicle but cannot turn a steering wheel by hand. It allows badge holders to park close to their destination, but the national concessions apply only to on-street parking. Other concessions may be available to blue badge holders in different areas.
You can get a badge if:
- you receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance.
- you receive a War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement
- you use a motor vehicle supplied for disabled people by a Government Health Department
- you are registered blind
- you have a severe disability in both upper limbs, regularly drive a motor vehicle but cannot turn the steering wheel of a motor vehicle by hand even if that wheel is fitted with a turning knob.
- you have a substantial and permanent disability which means you are unable to walk or have very considerable difficulty in walking. In this case you may be asked a series of questions to help the local authority determine whether you are eligible for a badge. People with a psychological disorder will not normally qualify unless their impairment causes very considerable, and not intermittent, difficulty in walking
Where to apply
- Blue Badge Application online form from Lancashire County Council.
If you think you may be entitled to a badge you should apply to Lancashire County Council:
Lancashire Blue Badge Service
PO Box 100
The Blue Badge is a two sided card with space for a photograph of the badge holder on the back of the card. Your application should, therefore, be accompanied by 2 reasonably recent photographs, which you should sign on the back. You may send passport type photographs taken from self service booths or any suitable photographs cut down to a passport photo size.
Where the scheme does not apply
- The scheme does not apply on private roads
- The scheme does not apply on all off street car parks, however this is not the case in the Ribble Valley, and holders of a blue badge may park on car parks without purchasing a valid p&d ticket, even if the disabled bays are full.
- The scheme does not apply in certain town centres in the country, where access is prohibited or limited to vehicles with special permits issued locally.
- The scheme does not apply in Central London, but some facilities are provided.
- The Scheme does not apply on the road systems at some airports. You should therefore contact the airport concerned in advance to check the car parking arrangements.
- The Scheme does not apply in the following areas in Central London - the City of London, the City of Westminster, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and that part of the London Borough of Camden, bounded by and including the borough boundary, Euston Road, Upper Woburn Place, Tavistock Square, Woburn Place, Russell Square, Southampton Road, Theobalds Road and Clerkenwell Road.
- They also offer a limited range of concessions to other disabled people. These generally consist of parking spaces reserved for Blue Badge holders and some form of concessionary parking at meters in Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea after the initial period of parking has been paid for.
- If you are planning to visit Central London and intend to use your badge you may wish to first check with the local authorities concerned.
Disabled Permits Section,
PO Box 20219
London NW1 1WS
020 7681 4655
Corporation of London
Dept of Technical Services
PO Box 270
London EC2P 2ET
020 7332 3399
Kensington & Chelsea
19-27 Young Street
020 7361 4258
Disabled Parking Office
PO Box 6100
020 7641 5123
Red Routes (London)
- Red Routes are main roads in Greater London where stopping (for parking or loading) is not allowed except at designated times and in specifically marked places. Some of these places are specifically reserved for Blue Badge holders, but you should always check the signs to see what concessions are available. A vehicle displaying a Blue Badge may stop, but only to pick up or set down the Badge Holder.
- Transport for London has general information on concessions for Blue Badge holders on roads subject to priority (Red) route controls. This can be obtained by telephoning 020 7941 2010.
Where not to park
The Blue Badge is not a licence to park anywhere. You must not park:
- during the time a ban on loading and unloading is in force. Details of restrictions will either be shown on time plates or by kerb markings.
- where there are double white lines in the centre of the road even if one of the lines is broken.
- in a bus or tram lane during its hours of operation
- in a cycle lane
- on any clearway, double or single red lines during their hours of operation
- on all pedestrian crossings - including Zebra, Pelican, Toucan and Puffin crossings
- on zig zag markings before and after Zebra, Pelican, Toucan and Puffin crossings
- in parking places reserved for specific users e.g. permit holders only, loading bays, taxis, cycles
- on a residents parking bay, unless there are signs showing that you may do so, or you have checked with the local authority that you may do so
- in suspended meter bays or when the use of the meter is prohibited
- where temporary restrictions on parking are in force along a length of road e.g. as indicated by no-waiting cones
- on school 'keep clear' markings during the hours shown on a yellow no-stopping plate.
You must also not park where it would be obstructive or cause a danger to others. The following are likely examples:
- at school entrances, on a bend, near the brow of a hill or hump bridge
- where it would make it difficult for others to see clearly, e.g. close to a junction
- where it would make a road narrow e.g. by a traffic island or where roadwork is in process
- where it would hold up traffic e.g. in narrow stretches of road or blocking vehicle entrances
- where emergency vehicles stop or go in and out e.g. hospital entrances
- where the kerb has been lowered or the road raised to form a pedestrain crossing
- on a pavement unless signs permit it
- If you park where it would cause an obstruction or danger to other road users your vehicle could be removed by the Police. You could also be prosecuted and your badge withdrawn.
- Vehicles cannot be legally clamped on the public highway for parking offences provided a valid Blue Badge is correctly displayed on the vehicle. However, you should be aware that if you park improperly on privately owned land you may risk having your wheel clamped.
- The vehicle must be removed if a police officer or a parking attendant in uniform requests it.
How to use the Blue Badge
- You must display the badge on the top of the dashboard or facia panel with the front of the badge (i.e. the side showing the wheel-chair symbol) facing forward so that the expiry date is legible from the outside of the vehicle when using the parking benefits. If the vehicle does not have a dashboard or facia panel you must exhibit the badge in a conspicuous position so that the relevant details are legible from outside the vehicle.
- The badge should only be displayed when using the parking benefits under the scheme, except if the vehicle is being driven by someone other than the badge holder for the purpose of entering or leaving an area (which is accessible only to vehicles displaying a blue badge) in order to pick up or drop off the badge holder.
- Similar badges given to organisations caring for disabled people must not be used by non-disabled members for their own benefit. These badges must not be on display except when the vehicle is being used for the benefit of a disabled person.
- Badges last for three years only. When you need a new one apply to the issuing authority for reassessment before the badge expires.
- You must return the badge to the issuing authority if you no longer need it.
How to use the special parking
In England and Wales you will need a parking disc (which you can get from the authority issuing the badge) when you park on yellow lines or in a reserved parking place for badge holders which has a time limit. The disc must be displayed every time you park and set to show the time of arrival.
Your duties as a Badge Holder
The purpose of the scheme is to allow you to visit shops and other spaces. You must ensure that you use your badge with care and attention to the rules.
- It is your responsibility to ensure that the badge is used properly. It is in your own interest that the badge should retain the respect of other motorists. Please play your part.
- You must not allow other people to use the badge. To reduce the risk of this happening accidentally, you should remove the badge whenever you are not using the concessions.
- You must ensure that the details on the front of the badge remain legible. If they become unreadable, the badge must be returned to the local authority for re-issue.
- You should not use the badge to allow non-disabled people to take advantage of the benefits while you sit in the car. Although it is not illegal for a badge holder, or a non-disabled person waiting for the badge holder to return, to remain in the vehicle while the badge is displayed, consideration should be given to other motorists.
If you are a disabled driver
Remember that if you are a disabled driver and your disability is such that it is likely or may become likely to affect your ability to drive (even if your car is adapted) the law requires you to inform the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), Swansea SA99 1TU.
Misuse of a Blue Badge
- Your badge can be withdrawn if you misuse it or allow others to misuse it.
- It is a criminal offence for non-disabled people to use a badge. If they do so, they are liable to a fine of up to £1,000.
- It is a criminal offence to drive a vehicle displaying a Blue Badge unless the badge holder is in the vehicle, or the vehicle is being driven by someone other than the badge holder for the purpose of entering or leaving an area (which is accessible only to vehicles displaying a Blue Badge) in order to pick up or drop off the holder.
Mis-use of a designated Blue Badge bay
Non-disabled people who park in a bay designated for Blue Badge holders are liable to receive a Penalty Charge Notice.
Other Concessions for Badge Holders
- In many areas local authorities provide reserved parking places for badge holders. You should use these spaces in preference to parking on yellow lines. Local authorities may impose a time limit on the use of such spaces. You must always display a valid badge when occupying one of these spaces, and if a time limit is in force a parking disc must also be displayed.
- Some local authorities also waive charges in their own off-street car parks (as Ribble Valley Borough Council does). You are advised to check the notices in the car park to see if, and where, you can park free of charge.
- Badge holders are exempted from tolls at certain road bridges and tunnels. Further details of these concessions may be obtained by writing to Department of Transport , Disability Policy Branch, Mobility and Inclusion Unit, Zone 1/18, Great Minster House, 76 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DR, or by calling 020 7944 2914
- With the introduction of the new European style Blue Badge, badge holders will be able to take advantage of the applicable disabled motorists parking privileges wherever they are in the European Union. Further details can be obtained by contacting the Department of Transport.
New traffic signs
Revised Traffic Signs Regulations are in process of being introduced, which includes new sign designs - this means any new or replacement signs erected after the revised Regulations come into effect will have to incorporate the blue badge symbol.