BLUE BADGE SCHEME
Our Thanks to ‘Motability Scheme Provider, Inchcape Volkswagen’, for collecting and detailing all the information for us.
In the United Kingdom, this scheme of permits was originally introduced (using Orange Badges) by the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970.
Badges are issued as a right if a person meets certain statutory requirements, most of which are associated with actually being in receipt of certain disability
Additionally, a Local Authority can make concessionary issues of badges to persons who have a permanent disability which does not fall within the more rigid statutory requirements but which seriously impairs their mobility.
The aim of the Blue Badge scheme is to help you park closer to your destination – to find where you can park, since the cessation of the directgov service, maps have been provided by online services such as the crowd-sourced BluebadgeParking.com which also provides free Sat-nav downloads.
According to figures provided by the authorities (August 2016) the South East currently has an estimated 364,116 blue badges in operation.
The North West has the next highest number (362,294) followed by the South West (279,251) of the councils that provided data.
To see the full breakdown of regions, including the number of disabled bays found at car parks across each authority and the number of PCNs issued to those parking illegally please CLICK HERE.
APPLYING FOR A BLUE BADGE
If you’re disabled or have health condition that affects your mobility, you can apply for a Blue Badge.
You can also apply for a badge if you care for a child with a health condition.
If you can get certain benefits you’ll automatically be able to get a Blue Badge.
It’s still worth applying if you’re not automatically eligible, but you’ll need to have very severe problems moving your legs or arms.
|The Citizens Advice has a very informative website.
For further details, including the use of the badge, responsibilities, where a badge can (and can’t) be used and the penalties for misuse visit:
‘Disabled Motoring UK’ also has a very informative site as do ‘Department for Transport’
USE OF THE BLUE BADGE
The Government states that when making use of the parking concessions available under the scheme, badge holders must display the badge on top of the dashboard or facia panel of a vehicle with the front of the badge (that is, the side showing the wheelchair-user symbol) facing forward so that the relevant details are able to be read from outside the vehicle.
The purpose of the scheme is to allow badge holders to visit shops and other places more conveniently.
With the badge come rules – and not only must the holder use responsibly he or she must park with due care and attention. And in the right designated bays. In the statistics that accompany this report are those that show the number of Penalty Charge Notices each Local Authority has issued.
BLUE BADGE PARKING
TO FIND BLUE BADGE PARKING BAYS VISIT:
This site also provides video guides for:
*Getting around the map
*Adding a new location anywhere
*Adding a new location at your position
For general information on disabled/handicap parking worldwide see the ‘Federation Internationale de L’automobile’ site at: