The Blue Badge scheme was first introduced in 2000 to help people who have difficulty walking. This badge provides holders with the ability to access designated parking spaces and exemption from certain parking restrictions. Express.co.uk has compiled a guide to explain how the Blue Badge scheme works and how to apply for the scheme.
What is a Blue Badge?
A Blue Badge provides people with an exemption from some parking restrictions and enables access to designated parking spaces.
The badge is only permitted for use by the designated individual.
If someone else is picking that individual up or dropping them off somewhere, they are entitled to use it.
But it cannot be given if someone is undertaking chores or duties on your behalf.
When the badge is no longer needed, it must be returned to the council.
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Typically it will take 12 weeks for a decision to be made about your Blue Badge application.
But this will be dependent upon how your local council’s process works regarding the Blue Badge scheme.
Local councils will typically fast-track applications when you have a terminal illness as long as you send in a copy of the medical form DS1500.
Blue Badges must be renewed every three years and you may need to re-apply for a badge if you stop getting the benefit your badge is linked to.
For those who do not return the badge when they no longer need it you could be fined up to £1,000 if you do not.
How to claim a Blue Badge
You can apply for a Blue Badge using the Government’s website here.
To apply you will need a recent digital photograph of your head and shoulders as well as:
- Proof of your identity
- Proof of address
- Proof of benefits
- Your National Insurance number.
For those re-applying for a Blue Badge, you need the details of your current Blue Badge.