With more and more cars on the road each year parking can be a nightmare for all of us. Imagine what it would be like if you knew that parking was only the start of the challenge.
A Blue Badge gives thousands of people access to disabled parking spaces. This can make a huge impact on someone's life as they are able to park closer to where they need to be, with more space around the vehicle for wheelchair or scooter access.
Be mindful of those using a Blue Badge however, as not all disabilities are visible. People with hidden disabilities may also require a Blue Badge as parking can cause such a high level of anxiety that just leaving the house is hard enough, or someone may experience high levels of fatigue and needs to reduce the distance they walk (if they are able to).
Practical Help For Blue Badge Applications
Applying for a Blue Badge is relatively straight forward, but as with all applications knowing what the Government "jargon" means can help you properly answer each question in relation to your disability. Disability Support Project can help with the following areas in relation to Blue Badge Applications for disabled parking.
Blue Badge - Cost and Expiration:
A Blue Badge for disabled parking will typically last for three years before you will need to renew it. The renewal needs to take place prior to your card expiring.
In England there is presently a £10 charge, Scotland £20 and Wales has no charge for your Blue Badge on application.
You will receive a Blue badge with a photo ID and a time card allowing you to park on yellow lines in an emergency.
Depending on your local Council the application may take up to 12 weeks.
Blue Badge - What you will need.
There are a couple of things that you will need when applying for your Blue Badge for disabled parking:
Proof of identity (such as a birth certificate, passport or driving licence).
Proof of address (such as a Council Tax bill or government letter).
Proof of benefits (if you get any)
You will also need to provide:
Your National Insurance number (if you have one).
The details of your current Blue Badge (if you’re reapplying).
Blue Badge - Your Eligibility
Your eligibility for a Blue Badge for disabled parking is largely linked to any benefits you might receive and / or your medical diagnosis.
If you are unsure whether you should apply for a Blue Badge you can check in with our team for guidance.