Blue Badge parking scheme

Introduction

The Blue Badge scheme provides a range of parking concessions for disabled people with severe mobility problems who have difficulty using public transport. The scheme is designed to help severely disabled people to travel independently, as either a driver or passenger, by allowing them to park close to their destination. 

Where Blue Badge holders can and can't park

Blue Badge holders in Peterborough are permitted to park:

  • On double or single yellow lines (where no loading restrictions are in place – indicated by single or double kerb markings) for up to 3 hours.
  • For free in on-street pay and display bays for as long as they would like (but not in off-street car parks where normal charges will apply).
  • In limited waiting bays (30 mins, 1 hour, etc...) for as long as they would like.
  • In disabled badge holders only bays for as long as stated on the signs, if no time limit is stated on the signs they can park for as long as they would like.

Blue Badge holders are not permitted to park in any bays which are reserved for the following specific users:

  • Permit holders or resident permit holder bays
  • Loading bays
  • Taxi ranks
  • Bus Stops
  • Electric vehicle bays

The Blue Badge must be displayed, and in England and Wales the special blue parking disc must be displayed showing the time of arrival.

There must be an interval of at least one hour from a previous period of waiting before the same vehicle can be parked in the same road or part of a road on the same day.

People who automatically get a Blue Badge

You automatically qualify for a Blue Badge if you are over 2 years old and at least one of the following applies:

  • you receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance
  • you receive a Personal Independence Payment because you can’t walk more than 50 metres (a score of 8 points or more under the ‘moving around’ activity of the mobility component)
  • you receive the mobility component of PIP and have obtained 10 points specifically for Descriptor E under the ‘planning and following journeys’ activity, on the grounds that you are unable to undertake any journey because it would cause you overwhelming psychological distress
  • you are registered blind (severely sight impaired)
  • you receive a War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement
  • you have received a lump sum benefit within tariff levels 1-8 of the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking

People who may get a Blue Badge

You may be eligible for a badge if one or more of the following applies:

  • you cannot walk at all
  • you cannot walk without help from someone else or using mobility aids
  • you find walking very difficult due to pain, breathlessness or the time it takes
  • walking is dangerous to your health and safety
  • you have a terminal illness, which means you cannot walk or find walking very difficult and have a DS1500 form
  • you have a severe disability in both arms and drive regularly, but cannot operate pay-and-display parking machines
  • you have a child under the age of 3 with a medical condition that means the child always needs to be accompanied by bulky medical equipment
  • you have a child under the age of 3 with a medical condition that means the child must always be kept near a vehicle in case they need emergency medical treatment
  • you are constantly a significant risk to yourself or others near vehicles, in traffic or car parks
  • you struggle severely to plan or follow a journey
  • you find it difficult or impossible to control your actions and lack awareness of the impact you could have on others
  • you regularly have intense and overwhelming responses to situations causing temporary loss of behavioural control
  • you frequently become extremely anxious or fearful of public/open spaces

Your local council will decide if you are eligible for a badge. They cannot start the assessment process until they have all the necessary evidence that you are eligible. For further information about proof of eligibility and what you need to apply for a Blue Badge please see visit the Guidance from the Department of Transport section on GOV.UK

The scheme does not allow badges to be issued if:

  • You have a temporary disability such as a broken leg
  • You are under two years of age
  • Your problem is with carrying shopping

How to apply for a Blue Badge

You can apply online for a Blue Badge from the GOV.UK website. There is a £10 administration fee, this will be refunded if your application is unsuccessful. 

Pay for

Replace a damaged, lost or stolen Blue Badge

If your Blue Badge has been damaged, lost or stolen you will need to apply for a replacement. You can apply online for a Blue Badge from the Gov.uk website.

Appeals

As part of your appeal Peterborough City Council may require you to attend an independent mobility assessment. The assessment will be carried out by an independent healthcare professional, usually at the Town Hall. The assessment will focus on walking distances, your mobility impairment and other criteria defined by legislation.

Following the independent mobility assessment, a recommendation is made by the assessor as to whether your condition appears to meet the eligibility criteria to be awarded a Blue Badge.

If you have already attended a mobility assessment as part of your application prior to your appeal, then the original recommendation will be reviewed by an independent member of staff.

As part of a ‘non-visible’ disability appeal Peterborough City Council may require you to ask a professional regularly involved in your care to fill out a professional form.

If you have already supplied us with a professional form as part of your application prior to your appeal, then the original information provided will be reviewed by an independent member of staff.

Where a recommendation is that your condition does not appear to meet the required criteria, an independent member of staff will further review your case based on the eligibility criteria outlined by the Department for Transport, the information on your initial form, the assessment, and any evidence you have supplied to support your appeal. They will not have been directly involved in the original decision. It is important that details and information about your mobility is clear and informative.

They will document clearly their decision on behalf of Peterborough City Council, including their reasoning.

We will normally let you have a decision within one month of receiving your appeal, but this may be longer if the council needs further evidence of your condition.

As a result of the appeal, we will send you communication regarding the outcome of your assessment.

If your appeal is unsuccessful, you may apply again within a six month period if your personal circumstances change with regard to your disability or you become eligible under any other criteria.

Your appeal must be in writing and emailed to blue.badges@peterborough.gov.uk.

Misuse of a Blue Badge

Your Blue Badge is the property of Peterborough City Council and can be taken away if it is being misused.  You should read the Rights and Responsibilities booklet sent to you with your badge to ensure you know when and how you can use your badge.

The important things to remember are:

  • the badge is for your use only
  • you must be a passenger or driver of the vehicle at all times when a Blue Badge is on display
  • you cannot let someone else use your badge to get free or better parking
  • carers cannot use the badge even when carrying out business on your behalf

Misuse of a Blue Badge by you or another person is a criminal offence, which can carry a fine of up to £1,000 and the immediate withdrawal of the badge.

Reporting misuse of a Blue Badge

If you believe a Blue Badge is being misused, please contact us and action will be taken where appropriate. 

If possible, please include the following information:

  • The Blue Badge number
  • Name of the person the Blue Badge was issued to
  • Vehicle registration of the vehicle using the Blue Badge
  • Circumstances of suspected misuse
  • Date suspected misuse took place
  • Your name and contact details - although you can remain anonymous