The Blue Badge Scheme provides parking concessions for people with severe mobility problems, designed to help them park close to their destination.
You can apply for a Blue Badge if you:
- receive the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance (HRMCDLA); or
- receive the moving around descriptor for the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) with a score of 8 or more points; or
- are registered blind (severely sight impaired); or
- receive a War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement (WMPS); or
- have been awarded a lump sum benefit at tariffs 1-8 of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and
- certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking
You can also apply for a Blue Badge, subject to further assessment, if you:
- have a severe disability in both arms, drive a vehicle regularly and are unable to operate, or have considerable difficulty in operating, all or some types of parking meter or pay and display equipment
- have a permanent and substantial disability that causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking
You will be asked a series of questions to assess your eligibility and you may also be asked to attend an Independent Mobility Assessment. If your application is turned down, you can ask for this decision to be reviewed. Information about the appeals process is sent to any applicant who is refused a Blue Badge.
You will be assessed both for new and renewal badges to see by a Registered Health Care Professional. Your GP can no longer provide an assessment.
You can apply for Blue Badge on the GOV.UK website.
Before you start
You’ll need the following to apply for or renew your Blue Badge:
- the details of your current Blue Badge (if you have one)
- a digital or signed photo
- your National Insurance number
- proof of identification
- proof of residency
Alternatively, you can download the Blue Badge application form (PDF 147KB) and return the completed form with your documents to:
Central Bedfordshire Council
High Street North
You will need to send one recent passport style photograph with your full name written clearly on the back.
If you want a hard copy of the form, call us on 0300 300 8035 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How long are they valid for?
Blue Badges last for three years only. You must to apply to renew it before it expires and return the Blue Badge to the issuing authority if you no longer need it.
We charge a fee of £10 for all Blue Badges, including replacement badges.
Applying for a new Blue Badge
If you are a new applicant, the application process can take eight to ten weeks.
Renewing a Blue Badge
If you are renewing your Blue Badge, you should receive a replacement one week before the expiry date of your current Blue Badge.
Blue Badge holders can park free and with no time limit at parking meters and pay and display street parking unless a local traffic order specifies a time limit.
A Blue Badge will also let you park on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours, except where there is a ban on loading or unloading. When you park on yellow lines or in other places with a time restriction, you need to display the blue parking clock set to show your time of arrival.
There must be an interval of at least one hour before the same vehicle can be parked in the same road or part of a road again.
The Blue Badge must be displayed, together with the blue parking clock showing the quarter hour period of arrival so it is visible from outside.
Blue Badge window stickers are available to help camera enforcement cars identify Blue Badge holders. They should be placed in the rear screen on the driver’s side in addition to the Blue Badge and time clock. They are only valid within Central Bedfordshire Council area. They can be obtained from any customer services officer at council offices.
Where can’t you use a Blue Badge?
You can’t use it:
- in places with a ban on loading or unloading (as indicated by one or two yellow marks on the kerb with times shown on the post mounted plates)
- where there are double white lines in the centre of the road even if one of the lines is broken
- in a bus or tram lane during its hours of operation
- in a cycle lane
- on any clearway, double or single red lines during their hours of operation
- on Zebra, Pelican or Toucan crossings
- on zigzag markings before and after Zebra, Pelican or Toucan crossings
- in parking places reserved for specific users e.g. loading bays, taxis, cycles
- on a residents parking bay, unless there are signs showing that you may do so, or you have checked with the local authority's Highway Department
- in suspended meter bays or when use of the meter is prohibited
- where temporary restrictions are in force such as no-waiting cones
- on school keep clear markings during the hours shown on a yellow no-stopping plate
- in certain town centres, where access is prohibited or limited to vehicles with special permits issued locally
- in some parts of Central London
- at some airports
- in off-street car parks. Some may provide spaces for disabled people, but you may have to pay
If you park where it may cause an obstruction or danger to other road users:
- your vehicle could be removed by the police
- you could be prosecuted and your Blue Badge withdrawn
Vehicles cannot be wheel clamped on the public highway for parking offences, provided a valid Blue Badge is correctly displayed on the vehicle. But if you park improperly on privately owned land you may risk having your vehicle wheel clamped.
The vehicle must be moved if a police officer or a traffic warden in uniform requests it.
The Blue Badge and its concessions are for the Blue Badge holder only. It is a criminal offence for you or anyone else to misuse the Badge and doing so could lead to a £1,000 fine.
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Disabled bays are marked parking spaces reserved for disabled drivers or holders of a valid Blue Badge. They do not provide a private parking space – they can be used by any driver displaying a Blue Badge.
You can apply to have a disabled bay provided near your home if you have a problem with parking.
To apply you must be a current Blue Badge Holder who receives the Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance. If you receive the Lower Rate or other such allowances you will not be automatically considered for a bay unless under exceptional circumstances agreed by the Disability Resource Centre and officers from Central Bedfordshire Council.
It must be shown that there is a parking problem near your home, and bays will not be provided where there are single or double yellow lines. It also may not be possible to provide a bay in locations where road safety may be affected.
Applicants with adequate off street parking will not be considered under this policy. Where space is available off street but the physical facilities are not ideal a separate assessment will be made by the Highway Authority.
The need for the disabled parking bay will be reviewed annually and may be surveyed at any time without notice. Bays will be removed if you no longer meet the criteria.
You can apply for a disabled parking bay here: Apply for a disabled parking bay (PDF 59KB).
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