The Blue Badge Scheme (BBS) entitles disabled drivers and passengers to parking concessions. The scheme operates throughout the UK and is managed by local authorities. Badges are valid for a period of 1 to 3 years.
Who is entitled to a Blue Badge?
Qualification for a Blue Badge may be on an automatic or discretionary basis.
You may qualify, without an assessment, if you are over 2 years of age* and meet 1 of the following criteria:
- registered blind
- in receipt of a war pensioner’s mobility supplement
- you receive the mobility component of Personal Independence Payments (PIP) on the basis of either:
- being awarded 12 points (enhanced rate) for planning and following journeys or
- being awarded 8 points (standard rate) or more for moving around
- in receipt of a lump sum benefit from the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme (within tariff levels 1 to 8) and have been certified as having permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or extreme difficulty in walking.
*It is expected that parents of children under 2 years of age, will meet their mobility needs. If a child must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment, which is difficult to carry, or needs immediate access to transport for treatment, then you may apply on a discretionary basis.
Anyone over 2 years of age may be eligible for a Blue Badge on a discretionary basis if they:
- have a permanent and substantial disability which causes them to be unable or virtually unable to walk
- have a temporary disability that will last for at least 12 months but less than 3 years which means that they are unable or virtually unable to walk
- are a driver and have a severe disability in both arms which means that they are unable to turn the steering wheel by hand or work all or some types of parking meters
To apply on a discretionary basis, you will be asked a series of eligibility questions. You may then be referred for an Independent Mobility Assessment. At this stage you will be advised whether you meet the criteria for the award.
Blue Badge pilot scheme
Some people with a diagnosed behavioural, or cognitive impairment, may be eligible under the trial Blue Badge pilot scheme.
Applying for, or renewing, a Blue Badge
There is no automatic renewal of Blue Badges. A renewal is the same as making a new application. Northgate Public Services will issue a reminder approximately 6 weeks before the expiry date of your current badge.
What will I need?
You will need to provide the following:
- your National Insurance number or Child Reference number
- driving licence number (if you have one)
- a passport style photo, signed on the reverse
- for automatic eligibility please provide proof of your disability
- for renewals the serial number, expiry date and Local Authority details of your current Blue Badge
- proof of identity from 1 of the following:
- a valid driving licence
- birth certificate or adoption certificate
- marriage certificate
- divorce certificate
- civil partnership or dissolution certificate
Copies of proof of identity are acceptable. If you hand in originals we will take copies and return the originals to you. If you are sending proof by post it is preferable to send copies.
Apply online at Blue Badge Scotland website. You will be able to return to a saved application and track the progress of a completed one. You must answer a few questions to assess your eligibility before applying.
Complete and return an application form:
What happens next?
The Blue Badge team will assess the application. You will be contacted when your application has been approved, declined or if more information is needed.
How long will this take?
Automatic qualification applications and replacement badge requests can take between 3 and 4 weeks to process. Discretionary qualification applications can take between 4 and 6 weeks.
What does it cost?
The cost of a Blue Badge is £20
How and when do I pay?
We will request payment when you hand in your application and proof of identity.
If your application has been successful you will receive a letter asking you to make payment.
- pay in person at your local Health and Social Care Partnership office
- pay by cheque (payable to North Ayrshire Council) and post to:
Blue Badge Team
Physical Disabilities Team
North Ayrshire Council
Caley Court Resource Centre
Moorpark Road West
Stevenston, KA20 3HU
Once payment has been received the Blue Badge will be posted to you.
Rights and responsibilities in Scotland; badge use and parking
The Blue Badge scheme: rights and responsibilities leaflet (PDF, 2mb) includes details about:
- your responsibilities as a badge holder
- where you may, and may not, park
and should be read before using your Blue Badge. Please note:
- it is a criminal offence for you or anyone else to misuse the badge, and doing so could lead to a £1,000 fine and confiscation of the badge. Report suspected Blue Badge fraud
- the badge is for your use and benefit only. It must only be displayed if you are travelling in the vehicle as a driver or passenger, or if someone is collecting you or dropping you off and needs to park at the place where you are being collected or dropped off
- when using the parking concessions you must display the badge on the dashboard or facia panel, where it can be read through the front windscreen
- the Blue Badge is not a licence to park anywhere. If you park where it would cause an obstruction or danger to other road users you could be fined, or receive a Penalty Charge Notice, or have your vehicle removed
- always tell us about changes in circumstance. Report online or contact your nearest Health and Social Care Partnership office
- if you continue to display the badge when you no longer need it you may be fined up to £1,000. The badge should be returned, as soon as possible, to your local Health and Social Care Partnership office.
Lost or stolen badges
Lost or stolen badges must be reported to the police immediately. You must then report online or contact your nearest Health and Social Care Partnership office with the reference number given to you by the police.
If your application is refused
We will tell you the reasons why you are not eligible for a badge. You can ask us to review your case if you do not think all the important information was taken into account. You can re-apply if you feel that your mobility problems have become more serious since a previous assessment.
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