The Blue Badge Scheme provides national parking concessions for people with severe walking difficulties who travel as drivers or passengers. The scheme is also for people who are severely sight impaired.
People who have blue badges can park close to their destination in on-street parking and some car parks.
You can apply for a blue badge by clicking the Apply now button. Clicking the 'Do it online' button will take you to the Blue Badge application page on the GOV.UK website, where applications are now processed centrally. The page gives you information about how to use the online form to apply.
Or you can apply by phoning us on 0845 345 9133.
We will need information about you to decide whether you are eligible for a blue badge. We may need to share your information (for example, with our Occupational Therapist department) as part of this process. If you have any concerns about this, please phone us on 0845 345 9133.
Who can have a Blue Badge?
You can get a badge without further assessment if you:
- receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance;
- receive a Personal Independence Payment for being unable to walk further than 50 metres (a score of 8 points or more under the ‘moving around’ activity of the mobility component);
- are registered blind (severely sight impaired);
- receive the War Pensioner's mobility supplement;
- are a severely disabled service person or veteran who is compensated under the new Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS);
- have received a lump sum benefit within tariff levels 1-8 of the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme and has been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.
You can get a badge following an assessment if you:
- have a permanent disability that means you can’t walk or have considerable difficulty walking;
- have a severe disability in both your upper limbs, you regularly drive a motor vehicle and that you are unable to operate, or have considerable difficulty operating, all or some types of on-street parking equipment;
- are a child under the age of 3 who needs medical equipment with you at all times that cannot easily be transported, or if you are affected by unstable medical conditions and may require emergency treatment.
What will it cost?
The charge for the Blue Badge is £10.
Where can I park?
Most car parks provide dedicated parking bays for Blue Badge holders that are often free, but you should always check because some places charge. Blue Badges are sometimes not recognised in private car parks.
On-street parking is free. You may also be exempt from limited parking times and can park for up to three hours on yellow lines (except where restrictions are indicated). Please, always check local signs for information.
There are also agreements about where you can park when travelling in Europe.
How do I renew my Blue Badge?
We will contact you before the expiry date on your badge and let you know how you can reapply for another one.
If your badge becomes faded and the details are unreadable, please phone us to arrange for it to be replaced.
If you change your address please let us know.
If you move into or out of Somerset your badge will still apply, but you will have to apply to your new local authority when it needs to be renewed.
What happens if I lose my badge?
If your badge is lost or stolen you must first report it to the police. Then contact us to arrange for a replacement badge.
What if I disagree with the decision not to issue a Blue Badge?
If your application is not successful we will tell you why and how you ask for the decision to be reviewed.
If you request a review we will need to share your information with an Occupational Therapist, who may ask to see you. They will then make a decision based on the rules and their decision is final.
Your responsibilities if you hold a Blue Badge
You have a duty under regulation 9 of the 2000 Regulations to return the badge if:
a) the badge expires;
b) you are no longer eligible or, in the case of an organisational badge, the organisation no longer exists or is no longer eligible;
c) it is a replacement badge for one that is lost or stolen and the original is found or recovered (in this case the original badge should be returned so that it can be securely destroyed);
d) the badge is so damaged/faded that the details on it are illegible;
e) the badge is no longer needed
How do I return my badge?
If you no longer need your Blue Badge, please post it back to us at this address:
Blue Badge Scheme
Somerset County Council
Bridgwater Social Care Office
PO Box 457
Misuse of a Blue Badge
Please contact us to tell us about the misuse of a badge. A badge can be withdrawn immediately if:
- the holder is not the person they claim to be;
- the holder allows another person to display the badge;
- the badge was obtained by false representation;
- violations have occurred on more than three occasions (for example, parked vehicle causing obstructions or danger to other road users).
Someone else can drive you and use your blue badge if you are a passenger in the vehicle. They can use it when they are picking you up or dropping you off. But if you allow someone else to use the badge when you are not a passenger, this is a criminal offence and the badge can be withdrawn immediately. You can find out more about your rights and responsibilities as a blue badge holder by reading this document from the .Gov website.
Organisations that transport disabled people who meet the eligibility criteria may also apply for a Blue Badge. The same conditions apply.
To find out more
Phone Somerset Direct on 0845 345 9133.