The Blue Badge scheme provides a national 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.
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.
Who is eligible for a Blue Badge
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 (DLA)
- You recieve the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and score 8 points or more
- 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 have been issued with a DS 1500
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
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
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.
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