If you or a family member has a disability, you can apply for a blue disability badge which enables you to park in places other drivers can’t, making the trip to the desired destination more efficient for those with reduced mobility. Of course there are certain requirements and criteria that need to be considered when applying for and using your blue badge and that’s why we have created a short guide to help the process a little easier for you in the future.
Where can I park?
Technically, you can park anywhere with your Blue Badge, however there may be exceptions depending on where you are travelling. Your Blue Badge will let you:
- Park on streets with parking meters/pay-and-display meters for as long as you need to for free.
- Park in disabled parking bays for as long as you need to unless a street sign states otherwise.
- Park on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours unless there is a ‘no loading’ sign.
You may have to pay for parking if you’ve stopped in a private car park and you will still have to follow usual parking regulations when it comes to stopping somewhere where there is a potential to endanger lives, such as schools and bus stops.
Applying for your badge
Applying for your badge doesn’t have to be stressful and using the gov.uk site you can check your eligibility and find extra information on the process of your application. You will be asked questions about your disability, such as if you own a mobility scooter, as well as your home address, as the application will be forwarded onto your local council for consideration and acceptance. It is important to consider how long before the expiry date you should renew your old badge and this can be dependent on your local council’s guidelines.
You will need the following documents and information ready to apply for or renew your blue badge:
- A digital or signed photo
- Your National Insurance Number
- Proof of identification
- Proof of residency
- Details of your current Blue Badge (if you have one)