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Blue Badge Scheme

Blue Badge Scheme

Clackmannanshire Council has been made aware of websites who charge Blue Badge applicants for assistance in completing their application form. These websites are not affiliated to or recognised by the Council. If you are applying online please go to www.gov.uk/apply-blue-badge.

The Blue Badge Scheme is a national arrangement of parking concessions for people with Blue Badge Iconsevere walking disabilities who travel as either drivers or passengers to park near shops, stations and other facilities. The Scheme also applies to people who are registered as blind, and people with a severe disability in both arms and who drive a vehicle regularly and have considerable difficulty operating parking meters. From 1st April 2016, people with certain diagnosed mental disorder or cognitive impairment may also be eligible for a blue badge through a 12 month pilot scheme. Further information on this pilot scheme is available below.

The Blue Badge is recognised throughout the UK and Europe.

Who can apply for a Blue Badge?

An applicant can get a badge if they meet the qualifying criteria in one of the following categories:

Applicants are eligible 'without further assessment' if they are over the age of two and:
  • are registered as blind (severely sight impaired); or
  • receive the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance; or
  • meets a "Moving Around" descriptor for the Mobility Component of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) that indicates that they either cannot stand or can stand but walk no more than 50 metres (standard rate of 8 points or more); or
  • meets the "Planning and Following Journeys" descriptor for the Mobility Component of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) that indicates that they cannot follow the route of a familiar journey without another person, an assistance dog or an orientation aid (enhanced rate of 12 points); or
  • do not receive the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) at a rate of 8 points or more for 'Moving Around' or 12 points for 'Planning and Following Journeys' and were in receipt of a fixed term award of the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance immediately prior to being assessed for PIP; or
  • were in receipt of a lifetime or indefinite award of the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance immediately before being assessed for Personal Independence Payment; or
  • receive the War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement; or
  • receive the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme within tariffs 1-8 and have been assessed by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA) which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.

If an applicant does not qualify for a Blue Badge under the 'eligible without further assessment' category, they may be invited to attend a mobility assessment carried out by an independent mobility assessor to establish the extent of their mobility impairment and whether this meets the criteria for the issue of a badge.

Applicants are eligible 'subject to further assessment' if they:
  • are over the age of two and are unable to walk or virtually unable to walk due to a permanent and substantial disability; or
  • 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; or
  • 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 are always accompanied by bulky medical equipment or that they be kept near a motor vehicle in case of need for emergency medical treatment.

12 Month Pilot Scheme - Mental Disorder/Cognitive Impairment

Transport Scotland has recently released new guidance, which opens the door for people with mental disorders and cognitive impairments to apply.

Only those most in need will be eligible. This is defined as "people, who as a result of a diagnosed mental disorder or cognitive impairment, have no awareness of danger from traffic and are likely to compromise their safety, or the safety of others." The pilot will operate in all 32 local authority areas. It will last for a period of 12 months with the badges themselves valid for a 12 month period. An evaluation will be conducted alongside the pilot that will conclude in December 2016, allowing a decision to be made about a potential permanent alteration to the scheme in 2017.

There is a separate application form for this Scheme and is open to those who qualify and can produce evidence and support from a healthcare professional (excluding a GP) or a registered Social Worker. For more information or to request an application form please call 01259 452583. Please note the blue badge cannot be applied for online under this pilot criteria and you cannot apply for this scheme using the standard application form. Application forms can only be requested by telephoning the Council on 01259 452583.

How do I apply for a Blue Badge?

Printed Applications

If an applicant thinks they may be eligible for a Blue Badge please download, print, complete and return an application form or contact us using the details below:

Public Transport Unit
Development & Environment Services
3rd Floor 1936 Building
Kilncraigs
Greenside Street
Alloa
FK10 1EB

Or telephone: 01259 450 000 or email: roads@clacks.gov.uk and ask for a form to be sent.

Online applications

You also can apply online at the DirectScot Blue Badge page.

Photographs

The Blue Badge application should be enclosed with one recent colour passport sized photograph clearly showing the applicant's face so that they can be easily identified. The photograph must have the applicant's name clearly written on the back.

Blue Badge Issue Fee

There is a �20 badge issue fee that applies to all successful Blue Badges issued whether new, renewed or replaced (for lost or stolen).

Pay For it

You can now pay for your Blue Badge online via the Council's Online Payment web page or by phoning 01259 450000 with your credit/debit card details. The Blue Badge Payment Reference number should be quoted with all payments.

Where to park

Badge holders may park free of charge and without time limit at parking meters on-street and pay-and-display on-street parking unless a local traffic order, specify a time limit for holders of disabled parking badges is in force. The Blue Badge must be displayed.

How to use the Badge

  • You must display the badge on top of the dashboard or facia panel of a vehicle with the front of the badge (i.e. the side showing the wheelchair-user symbol) facing forward so that the relevant details are legible from outside of the vehicle when using the parking benefits. If the vehicle does not have a dashboard or facia panel you must exhibit the badge in a conspicuous position of the vehicle so that the relevant details are legible from outside the vehicle when using the parking benefits.
  • The badge should only be displayed when using the parking benefits under the scheme, except if the vehicle is being driven by someone other than the badge holder for the purpose of entering or leaving an area (which is accessible only to vehicles displaying a blue badge) in order to pick up or drop off the badge holder.
  • Non-disabled members for their own benefit must not use similar badges given to organisations caring for disabled people. These badges must not be on display except when the vehicle is being used for the benefit of disabled people.
  • Badges last for three years only. When you need a new one apply to the issuing authority for reassessment some weeks before the badge expires.
  • You must return the badge to the issuing authority if you no longer need it.

Misuse of a Badge

Misuse of a Blue Badge is a serious offence.

  • Your badge can be withdrawn if you misuse it or allow others to misuse it.
  • It is a criminal offence for non-disabled people to use a badge. If they do so, they are liable to a fine of up to �1,000.
  • It is a criminal offence to drive a vehicle displaying a blue badge unless the badge holder is in the vehicle, or the vehicle is being driven by someone other than the badge holder for the purpose of entering or leaving an area (which is accessible only to vehicles displaying a blue badge) in order to pick up or drop off the holder.

Organisational Blue Badge

Organisational badges will only be issued to an organisation which:

  • cares for and transports disabled people who would meet one or more of the eligibility criteria for an individual Blue Badge; and
  • has a clear need for an organisational badge rather than using the individual Blue Badges of people it is transporting.

Download the Organisational Blue Badge application form with guidance notes.

Can I get a Blue Badge?

To check if an applicant may be eligible for a Blue Badge please see the links below:

Request for the Review of a Decision

Applicants who are refused a Blue Badge may believe that their application has been wrongly refused and wish to query that decision. If the applicant thinks the decision is wrong, write to the address below providing full details of your request to review your application. However, unless additional information can be provided to support a review of your application it is unlikely that the decision will be overturned.

Lost, Stolen or Damaged Badge

If a badge has been lost or stolen this must be reported to the Police. A lost Property Report Number or Crime Reference Number is required to complete the form.

If the badge has been damaged please give full explanation of the circumstances in which the damage occurred and return the damaged badge along with the completed lost, stolen or damaged badge form.

There is a �20 badge issue fee for a replacement badge.

Download the Lost, Stolen or Damaged badge application form.

National reform of the Blue Badge Scheme from 1 January 2012

From 1 January 2012, the process for issuing Blue Badges in Scotland, England and Wales has changed. The reform is intended to ensure fair allocation of badges to those most in need, to reduce fraud and to ease the ever-increasing demand on disabled parking spaces.

The main changes that will affect applicants are:

  • Applicants will need to complete a new and more detailed application form;
  • Certified proof of identity and address must accompany the application form;
  • Some applicants may need to attend an Independent Mobility Assessment to find out if they qualify for a Blue Badge;
  • The applicant's doctor will no longer be asked to provide further information to support the application;
  • Blue Badges will be fitted with the latest security features to reduce fraud.

Further Information

For more information, please refer to the Department of Transport's page on the Blue Badge Scheme.

Related Publications & Documents

For Further Information Contact

Roads, Traffic & Transportation
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000
Email: