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Are you eligible for a Blue Badge?

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Having a disability can, in some situations, suck - but at least us guys are entitled to free parking provided we are a Blue Badge holder, but how do you qualify for one of these cheeky little permits?

Before we give you the details let’s tell you how much it’s gonna cost. England residents are charged £10, Scotland £20 and in Wales they are free*

Blue Badges are allocated to people living with a disability or health condition which affects their ability to walk, it doesn’t matter if you are the driver or passenger, if you fit the criteria you will be eligible. Most badges need to be renewed every three years.

So, how do you become a Blue Badge holder? Listed below are the six Government guidelines which automatically entitles you to a permit.

  • You receive higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • You receive a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) 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 are registered blind (severely sight impaired)
  • You receive a War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement
  • You have received a lump sum benefit within tariff levels 1 to 8 of the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability that causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking
  • 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

If you do not fall in any of the above categories, but one of the below applies to you, there is a chance you may still be eligible for a Blue Badge.

  • you cannot walk at all
  • you cannot walk without help from someone else or using mobility devices
  • 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 life limiting illness, which means you cannot walk or find walking very difficult and have a SR1 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

[ *Information correct at the date of publishing - January 2024 ]

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