If you have problems with walking (or other mobility problems), you might be able to get a ‘Blue Badge,’ which will allow you to park your car nearer to places you wish to visit.You automatically qualify for a Blue Badge if you’re aged two years (or older) and one of the following applies:
• You are registered as blind (severely sight impaired)
• You have either a Certificate of Vision Impairment (CVI) or a BD8 form, signed by a consultant ophthalmologist, stating that you are severely sight impaired (blind), and you wish to be registered as severely sight impaired (blind) with your local authority
• You receive the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
• You receive a Personal Independence Payment (PIP), and you meet a 'Moving Around' descriptor for the Mobility Component because you either cannot stand, or can stand but walk no more than 50 metres. This is a score of 8 points or more.
• You receive a War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement.
• You receive a tariff within 1-8 (inclusive) of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and have been assessed as having a permanent and substantial disability that causes inability to walk (or very considerable difficulty in walking).In England, you might also qualify for a Blue Badge by being assessed by your local authority. You must be aged two years (or older) and one of the following must apply:
• You have a permanent and substantial disability which means that you are unable to walk
• You have a permanent and substantial disability which means that you have very considerable difficulty in walking
• You drive a vehicle regularly, and have a severe disability in both arms that means you am unable to operate all (or some types of) parking meter
• You drive a vehicle regularly, and have a severe disability in both arms that means you have considerable difficulty operating all (or some types of) parking meterThere are also special rules if you’re applying on behalf of a child under the age of three. You can get a Blue Badge if your child has a medical condition which means:
• Either: they must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment,
• Or: they need to be kept near a vehicle in case they need emergency medical treatment
Applications are processed by local authorities. In England, you might be charged a statutory maximum admin fee of £10. The badge lasts up to three years. You can apply for a Blue Badge online here.