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Blue Badge eligibility criteria

The Blue Badge scheme provides a national arrangement of parking concessions for people with various disabilities, who travel either as drivers or passengers. A £10 administration charge has been introduced for Blue Badge applications.

You will qualify for a badge if you can supply evidence that:

  • You are registered Blind under the National Assistance Act 1948
  • You receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance
  • You receive a war pensioner's mobility supplement
  • You have been both awarded a lump sum benefit at tariffs 1-8 of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking 

You may qualify for a badge at the discretion of the local authority if:

  • Your disability is permanent and substantial, i.e. you are unable to walk or have severe difficulty in walking
  • You hold a valid driving licence and have a severe disability in both upper limbs and are unable to turn the steering wheel of your vehicle by hand
  • In addition, children under the age of three may be eligible for a badge if they must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around with the child without great difficulty or on account of a condition, they must always be kept near a motor vehicle so that, if necessary, treatment for that condition can be given in the vehicle or the child can be taken quickly in the vehicle to a place where such treatment can be given.

Applications considered at the discretion of Peterborough City Council will likely include contact being made by the council to the applicants GP to assist in the decision making process

The scheme does not allow badges to be issued if:

  • You have a temporary disability such as a broken leg
  • You suffer from a psychological disorder unless your disability causes severe difficulty in walking
  • You are under two years of age
  • Your problem is with carrying shopping
  • Your problem is intermittent and does not continuously severely restrict your ability to walk

It is the intention of the Scheme that only severely disabled people will qualify and that badges will only be issued to people who are able to walk with excessive labour and at an extremely slow pace or with excessive pain. Applicants should generally be physically incapable of visiting shops, public buildings and other places unless allowed to park close to their destination. It is essential that the applicant is able to make purposeful use of the Scheme after leaving the vehicle, if necessary using walking aids/wheelchair.

The applicant's ability to walk or severe difficulty in walking must be permanent and not just intermittent or temporary. The degree of disability should not be less than that required to qualify for Mobility Allowance or the higher rate of the Disability Living Allowance.

Further information on whether you would qualify for a Blue Badge can be found in the attached booklet which has been published by the Department of Transport.

The documents below appear in Adobe® Acrobat® (PDF) format. In order to view it you will need to have Acrobat Reader installed. (Those with visual impairments may wish to investigate Access Adobe, which provides tools and information to help make PDF files more accessible). 

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PDF file icon  Can I get a Blue Badge?
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