The Blue Badge Scheme operates throughout the UK and is for disabled people, 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 disabled people 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 was launched on 1 January 2012 in Scotland and England and on 1 April 2012 in Wales. For more information on the Blue Badge Scheme, visit the Blue Badge Scotland (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) website.