The Blue Badge Scheme
The Blue Badge Scheme provides an arrangement of parking concessions enabling disabled people who travel as a driver or a passenger, to park close to their destination.
How to Obtain a Blue Badge
Badges can be issued only to certain categories of disabled people, the eligibility criteria is very strict. You will automatically be entitled to a badge if you are:
- In receipt of the higer rate of the Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance.
- In receipt of the 'Moving Around' activity of Personal Independence Payment, matching one of the specified criteria in the application form
- Registered Blind (severely sight impaired)
- In receipt of War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement
- You receive a lump sum benefit under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation Scheme) Order 2011 (d) within tariff levels 1 to 8 (inclusive) and have been certified by the Secretary of State as having a permanent or substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.
Documentary proof is required for applications under the above.
You may also qualify for a badge if:
- You have a severe disability in both arms, regularly drive a motor vehicle and are unable to operate all or some types of parking meters (or would have difficulty in operating them), or
- You are affected by a permanent and substantial disability that causes you to be unable to walk, or you have considerable difficulty in walking.
You can apply for a blue badge for a child under the age of three who must, on account of their condition, always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment (e.g. ventilators, suction machines, oxygen equipment) or who must be kept near a motor vehicle to receive treatment or to be taken to a place to receive treatment.
Badges for Organisations
Organisations that care for and transport disabled people who would meet one or more of the above criteria themselves may also be eligible for a blue badge. Please note that this is entirely at the discretion of the Local Authority issuing the badge. The organisation that qualifies must follow the conditions set out for use of the badge.
If you consider that you may qualify for a blue badge, you will need to complete an application form. The application form comes with guidance notes to help you through the application process. You must provide a recent passport size photograph. The standard of the photograph must be the same as those used for passports and driving licenses and be a true likeness of you. You are also required to provide proof of your identity and address. Proof of identity will be in the form of a certified photocopy of one of the following: your birth/adoption certificate, your marriage/divorce certificate, a valid driving licence or passport. The photocopy must be verified as true by a professional or a person who holds a certain position of responsibility, e.g. A police officer, civil servant, social worker, who lives in the UK and has known you for at least two years. Proof of address will be in the form of an original Council Tax Bill bearing your name and address or, there is a box in section 1 where you can give your consent to the Local Authority to access records to confirm your address e.g. Electoral Role or Council Tax records. There is an issue fee for the blue badge, see the application form for further details about the current fee and payment options. Forms can be obtained from the Blue Badge Team (DMBC) on 01302 862549 (please note that this line can get very busy but you can leave your name and address details and an application pack will be sent to you). You can also contact the Adult Contact Team at DMBC on: 01302 737391or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Completed forms should be returned to: Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU
You can now apply for a blue badge online at the GOV.UK website: www.gov.uk
Badges and Discs
The blue badge is a two-sided card with your photograph on the back. In addition, you will need a special parking disc clock, this will be supplied to you with your badge, for use when you park on yellow lines or in another parking place where there is a time restriction. Note that the Blue Badge and the Parking Disc Clock must be displayed where appropriate.
The badge must be displayed in the vehicle, on the dashboard with the front of the badge facing upwards displaying the wheelchair symbol, so that the expiry date is legible from outside the vehicle when utilising the parking benefits. If you do not display your badge correctly you could be liable for a parking fine. Badges last for three years only and application for reassessment should be made at least a month before the badge expires. You must not use your badge if it is out of date. You must return the badge to the Council if you no longer need it.
You will have a responsibility to ensure that the badge is used properly, that it is not used by other people, and that the details on the badge remain legible (if illegible, it will need to be re-issued). Misuse of a blue badge is a serious offence and can lead to withdrawal of the badge or the commission of a criminal offence liable to a hefty fine.
Badge holders may, in general, park free of charge and without time limit at ‘on-street’ parking meters and ‘pay-and-display’ machines. They may be exempt from limits on parking times imposed on other users and may usually park on single or double yellow lines (for up to three hours in England and Wales) except where there is a ban on loading or unloading.
Subject to restrictions noted below, car parking is free and unlimited in Council-run car parks and hospital car parks. Badge holders are exempt from tolls at certain river crossings, and are now able to take advantage of the applicable motorists privileges wherever they are in the EU.
The Scheme does not apply:
- On private roads
- Except as noted below, in off-street car parks
- In certain town centres
- In Central London
- On road systems at some airports
You must not park, for instance:
- During the time a ban on loading or unloading is in force
- Where there are double white lines in the centre of the road
- In a bus, tram or cycle lane
- On any clearway
- On pedestrian crossings or their zigzag markings
- On a bus stop
- Where it would be obstructive or cause danger to others
Car Parking in Doncaster
Information on parking in Doncaster, including designated parking spaces for disabled people, current charges for parking and links to privately owned car parks, is available on the Doncaster Council website: www.doncaster.gov.uk or you can contact the Parking Services team by calling 01302 735041 or sending a text to 71006.
Blue Badge Identity Photograph/Holder
If you are unable to use a standard photo booth, DIAL Doncaster can provide personal photographs. DIAL Doncaster also sell leather and suede Blue Badge Holders, they come in various colours, at a reasonable price. Please contact our office for further information or you can look on our website at the current range of stock available.
The Renewal Process
Your Blue Badge will have an expiry date on it. You should begin the renewal process at least two months before this date. To re-apply for the badge you are still required to go through the same application process as previously explained.
Lost or Stolen Blue Badge
If you lose your Blue Badge you must write a letter to the Local Authority to inform them. You need to include a passport-sized photograph and a cheque for £10 made payable to DMBC.
If your badge has been stolen you also need to include a crime reference number, which is obtained by contacting the police. The letter and accompanying documents should then be posted to: DMBC, Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU
Whilst all the information given in this factsheet was correct at the time of going to print, DIAL Doncaster cannot be held responsible for any subsequent changes. DIAL Doncaster does not endorse any product or service offered in this factsheet.