What is it?

The Blue Badge scheme is a national scheme for local people who have severe walking difficulties, regularly drive but are unable to turn the steering wheel by hand, or are registered blind. It  allows them to park legally, close to places they need to visit such as shops and public buildings.

Blue Badge holders can also park free in some pay and display car parks and on single and double yellow lines in most streets for up to three hours.

Blue Badge parking permit

Who can get a Blue Badge?

You can get a Blue Badge automatically if:

  • You receive the Higher Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance
  • You are registered blind
  • You receive a grant towards your vehicle
  • You receive a War Pensions Mobility Supplement

Other ways to qualify for a Blue Badge

If you do not automatically qualify you may be eligible subject to further assessment criteria:

  • You have a permanent and substantial disability which means you cannot walk, or which makes walking very difficult
  • You drive a motor vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms and are unable to operate all or some types of parking meter (or would find it very difficult to operate them)

Special rules for children under three:

A parent of a child less than three years old may apply for a badge if their child has a specific medical condition which means that they:

  • Must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around without great difficulty
  • Need to be kept near a vehicle at all times, so that they can if necessary, be treated in the vehicle, or quickly driven to a place where they can be treated, such as a hospital

Applications made by people who do not qualify automatically will need medical evidence from a Healthcare Professional to demonstrate the eligibility criteria which is subject to further assessment.

How do I apply?

Forms are available from Cambridgeshire County Council, or you can apply online.

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What happens next?

If you are eligible for a Blue Badge parking permit it will be issued in accordance with guidance from the Government and, we will send you a letter to take to one of the 27 Post Offices who issue Blue Badges. You will need to take along the fee, which from 1 August 2012 is £9, two passport-size photographs and your old badge if you are renewing it. If you are not eligible, you will receive a letter telling you why and giving information about how to appeal against the decision.

Appeals: If you wish to appeal against the decision to refuse your application for a Blue Badge you will need to provide supporting evidence from a Healthcare Professional. In the event of your application being refused again, we can then arrange for you to undertake a mobility assessment with an Occupational Therapist.

How do I report someone who is abusing or misusing a Blue Badge?

If you suspect that someone is abusing or misusing a Blue Badge, for example, using a badge that doesn't belong to them, please let us know by completing our online form.

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