Social and Community Services
Community Care and Criminal Justice : Blue Badge
The Blue Badge Scheme operates throughout the UK and is for people with severe mobility problems, enabling badge holders to park close to where they need to go.
The scheme is administered by local authorities who deal with applications and issue badges. It is designed to help people who are unable to walk, or who are virtually unable to walk, to travel independently, as either a driver or as a passenger, by allowing them to park close to their destination.
Registered blind people and people with very severe upper limb disabilities who drive a vehicle but cannot turn a steering wheel by hand are also covered by the scheme
The scheme gives concessions to badge holders when they park on-street. Badge holders may also benefit from special parking bays and other concessions when they park in off-street parking areas but this is not part of the Blue Badge scheme.
As part of the Blue Badge Reform Programme, a new Blue Badge design is being launched from 1 January 2012 in Scotland and England and on 1 April 2012 in Wales. For more information on the Blue Badge Scheme, visit the Transport Scotland Blue Badge website.
Refer to the Eligibility Checker to see if you qualify for an Automatic Award or require Further Assessment. Complete the relevant Blue Badge Application form and take it along to your local area office. There is a seperate application form for Organisations.
Lewis And Harris Forms
- Blue Badge - Automatic Award Application Form (PDF, 196Kb))
- Blue Badge - Further Assessment Application Form (PDF, 231Kb))
Uist And Barra Forms
- Blue Badge - Automatic Award Application Form (PDF, 277Kb))
- Blue Badge - Further Assessment Application Form (PDF, 420Kb))
Blue badge applications also require a photograph, the photograph must be in accordance with passport standards, further information can be found on the Direct.gov website.
Applicants can also apply for a badge on-line via www.bluebadgescotland.org and track the progress of their application.
Further information on the New National Blue Badge system is available in the FAQ's section on this website.
From the 1st January 2012 there will be a £20 fee for successful Blue Badge applications and £4.60+vat charge for the replacement of a lost badge. The fee will be payable on collection of the badge.
People are eligible ‘without further assessment’ if they are over the age of two and:
- receive the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (HRMCDLA);
- meet a ‘Moving Around’ descriptor for the Mobility Component of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) (8 points or more); or
- meet the 'Planning and Following Journeys' descriptor for the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) (12 points)
- are registered blind;
- receive a War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement; or
- receive a lump sum benefit within tariff levels 1-8 of the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.
People are eligible ‘subject to further assessment’ if they:
- are over the age of two and are unable to walk or virtually unable to walk because of a permanent and substantial disability;
- are over the age of two and have a temporary and substantial disability that means they are unable to walk or virtually unable to walk;
- regularly drive a car, have a severe disability in both arms and are unable to operate, or have considerable difficulty in operating, a parking meter; or
- are under the age of three and have a condition that requires that they be always accompanied by bulky medical equipment or that they be kept near a motor vehicle in case of need for emergency medical treatment.
If you require any further information contact the Blue Badge team by email email@example.com