Blue Badge Scheme
Blue badges allow cars carrying people who have severe walking difficulties or are registered blind to park near shops, stations and other facilities.
Blue badges are a nationally recognised disabled parking scheme. You can find out more from the Department for Transport website.
Blue Badge Fee
A charge of £10 must be paid for each badge issued, including renewals and replacements for lost or stolen badges.
How do I apply for a Badge?
Being in receipt of certain disability benefits or having a specific condition may mean you qualify automatically - you will need to be able to provide details and evidence of this. See 'Am I eligible to apply?' for more information.
If you don't qualify automatically you will need to be able to answer questions about how your condition affects your mobility, including how far you can walk, what medications you take and details of any medical professionals involved in your care. Please make sure you have this information to hand when your application is being made.
You can apply for or renew a Blue Badge on the GOV.UK website. The GOV.UK website will request a photograph, however you do not need to attach a photograph or any documentation at this point.
Once your application is received, it may either be approved, rejected or you may be referred for an independent mobility assessment. If your application is approved you will then need to visit a library to have your photograph taken for the badge and to provide any documentary evidence required. The £10 badge fee will only be taken once your application has been approved.
Applicants diagnosed with a terminal illness
If you are applying for a blue badge on behalf of someone diagnosed with a terminal illness, please read our policy document and then call 0161 912 3000.
Lost or stolen badges
If your Blue Badge has been lost or stolen please complete the following actions:
Report the loss or theft to the police and you will be given a reference number. Then you will need complete a form: https://www.gov.uk/report-lost-stolen-blue-badge, we will contact with you if any further information is required.
You may be eligible if :
- You receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance
- You receive PIP- Personal Independence Payment with a score of 8 or higher in the 'moving around' category of the mobility component
- You receive a War Pensioners Mobility Supplement
- You are registered blind
- You have severe upper arm disabilities in both arms and regularly drive a non-adapted vehicle but cannot operate, or have considerable difficulty in operating all or some types of parking meter
- You have a permanent and substantial disability which means you are unable to walk or have very considerable difficulty in walking. In this case we may ask you more questions to help us determine whether you are eligible for a badge
- You have a child under the age of three with specific medical conditions. These badges are valid until the child’s third birthday. After this point they will be required to apply for a Blue Badge in the same fashion as other children over the age of three years.
How long can I keep the badge?
Badges are issued for a period of three years, unless your application is linked to Disability Living Allowance or PIP (Personal Independence Payment) and your award period for these is less than 3 years. In that case, the badge will expire when your Disability Living Allowance or PIP award ends.
Organisations caring for disabled people meeting the above criteria may be able to get a badge, at our discretion.
What if I don’t agree with the decision about my blue car badge application?
If you feel that the decision we have made is incorrect, you may appeal by emailing BCB@trafford.gov.uk or writing to:
Blue Car Badge Team
This must be done within 2 months of your refusal date.
You should detail why you feel the decision is wrong, and provide supporting medical evidence which is recent and details specifically how your condition/s affect your walking ability. Please note that documentation from your GP alone may not be sufficient.
The Department for Transport’s eligibility criteria is available at http://www.dft.gov.uk/.
As part of the appeals process, we may also ask you to attend an appointment with an independent mobility assessor who will make observations on your walking ability and provide a report for us to consider.
We will then review our decision and let you know the outcome by email or letter.
How will we use your data?
This authority is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and to this end may use the information you have provided to us for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.
Further information is available on data matching to prevent and detect fraud and corruption.
Further information is available on Trafford Council’s own Privacy Notices.