What is the Blue Badge scheme?
The Blue Badge scheme allows eligible disabled people – travelling either as drivers or passengers across the UK – to park in certain restricted areas.
As long as the journey is being made for you, and you're in the car with your badge, you can travel in any car.
Your council is responsible for the administration, eligibility assessments and enforcement of the Blue Badge scheme.
Benefits of the Blue Badge scheme
Badge holders can park closer to where they need to go. They're also exempt from certain parking restrictions, so they're allowed to park:
- free at on-street parking meters and in pay and display bays
- on single and double yellow lines
Blue Badges don't apply to off-street car parks, like supermarket car parks or on privately owned roads.
How long does a Blue Badge last?
A Blue Badge normally lasts for 3 years but a badge will be issued for less than 3 years if you get one because:
- your social security benefit award is for less than 3 years
- you have a temporary but substantial disability lasting between 12 months and three years
- you made a successful application under the pilot scheme
If a child under three is given a badge, there may be cases where the badge is valid until their third birthday.
When to reapply
A couple of weeks before the end of the period (stated on your existing badge) you'll need to re-apply and supply up-to-date evidence of your entitlement and address.
You may be required to attend a mobility assessment to establish your continuing eligibility for a badge.
You can download the Blue Badge holder rights and responsibilities document for further information.