Blue Badges

A Blue Badge allows people with mobility and/or hidden disabilities to park closer to their destination. Blue Badge holders can be either the driver or the passenger of a vehicle they travel in.

In England, Blue Badge holders may generally park:

  • On single or double yellow lines for up to three hours, except where there is a ban on loading or unloading
  • At 'on-street' parking meters and pay-and-display machines for free and for as long as they need to

Organisations which transport disabled people can apply for organisational Blue Badges.

Automatic entitlement

You are automatically entitled to a Blue Badge if any of the following apply:

  • You receive the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and have obtained eight points or more under the 'moving around' activity
  • You receive the higher rate of the mobility component of DLA (Disability Living Allowance)
  • You are registered blind
  • You receive a War Pensioner's mobility supplement
  • You are a member of service personnel or a veteran who has been awarded a benefit (giving rise to entitlement to a lump sum at tariffs 1-8 inclusive) under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and have a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking (as assessed and certified by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency, known as the SPVA which is an executive agency of the Ministry of Defence) 
  • You receive the mobility component of PIP (Personal Independent Payment) and have obtained ten points specifically for Descriptor E under the 'planning and following journeys' activity on the grounds that you are unable to undertake any journey because it would cause overwhelming psychological distress.

If your PIP or DLA is for less than three years, then your Blue Badge will run out at the same time. 

If providing a PIP award letter for mobility please ensure it is dated within the last 12 months and shows both the breakdown of points awarded and the expiry date.

Discretionary entitlement

You may be entitled to a Blue Badge if you:

  • Have an enduring and substantial disability (expected to last longer than three years) which means you cannot walk, or which makes walking very difficult.
  • Have been certified by an expert assessor as having an enduring and substantial disability which causes them, during the course of a journey, to be:
    • Unable to walk
    • Unable to undertake any journey because it would cause overwhelming psychological distress
    • At risk of serious harm when walking; or pose, when walking, a risk of serious harm to any other person.
  • Drive a motor vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms, and unable to operate all or some types of parking meters (or would find it very difficult to operate them).
  • Are a parent of a child under the age of three with a specific medical condition that means they must either:
    • Always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment, which cannot be carried around without great difficulty
    • Be kept near a vehicle at all times, so that they can, if necessary, be treated in the vehicle, or driven to a place where they can be treated, such as a hospital

For children under three, the Blue Badge will be issued for a maximum of two years, and will automatically expire on their third birthday. If a Blue Badge is still required after the child reaches the age of three, an application will be considered under the automatic or assessed criteria.

How to apply

The quickest and easiest way to apply for a new Blue Badge is online. There is a £10 fee for all successful applications.

Apply for a Blue Badge online

Once you have submitted your application you cannot upload any new or further information/supporting documents therefore please call into one of our Gateway Centers or Broughton Hub who will pass this information on the Blue Badge Team, alternatively you can upload your information using the Blue Badge contact form.

If you do not have access to the internet or need help you can come to one of our Gateway Centers or Broughton Hub where someone will be there to offer you support and guide you through the online form and help with uploading your information.

If you or someone that you are helping apply for a Blue Badge has terminal illness then please select the ‘They have a terminal illness’ option when applying for a blue badge online. This ensures the application will be treated with priority.  

Photographs

We require a recent passport sized photograph, this can be submitted at the time of your online application. This does not need to be certified.

Alternatively, you can have your photograph taken free of charge at one of our accessible Gateway Centres or Broughton Hub.

Tackling abuse and misuse

The badge is only valid for the person it has been issued to. Their details will be printed on it. It must not be used by any one else.

It is an offence to park a vehicle in a designated disabled parking bay without a valid Blue Badge being clearly displayed. The badge must be displayed the correct way up, otherwise you will receive a parking ticket.

If you suspect that a person is misusing a Blue Badge you should contact the Blue Badge Team by using the Blue Badge contact form with the details of the badge and the person using the badge.

Contact us online 

If you wish to contact a member of the team please use the Blue Badge Contact form, and a member of the team will respond to your enquiry within five working days.

Frequently asked questions

Where do I return supporting information to?

You can return them to any of the following places:

Who do I make the cheque/postal order payable to?

Salford City Council

How long does a Blue Badge last for?

A badge is issued for a maximum of three years. Badges can end sooner if there is an end to any eligible benefits, for example Personal Independence Payments (PIP), Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement (WPMS).

In the case of a child under three years of age, the badge will expire on the day after their third birthday. They will then need to apply for a Blue Badge in the same way as other children over the age of three.

Lost or stolen badges

You can apply for a replacement badge online. There is a £10 admin fee for any replacement. You will not usually have to have your photo taken again.

My badge is due to expire and needs renewing, what do I need to do?

You should have received a reminder eight weeks before it runs out. All renewals must now be done online.

When will I receive my Blue Badge?

You will usually receive your Blue Badge within six weeks of us receiving the form and supporting information, photo's and payment. The new badge will have a start date printed on it. You cannot use the badge until that date.

How to amend my preferred contact method

If you would like to change your preferred method of contact then please complete our online form and we will change this for you. Please include the details for the new contact method, for example, if you choose to change to email then include your email address.

What do I do with my old badge?

Once the badge has expired please return it to:

Why do I need to record my vehicle registration?

Although the Blue Badge can be used for any vehicle you are travelling in, by supplying us with this information, we can reduce the amount of fraud and misuse, making it easier for you to benefit from your badge.

What are my rights and responsibilities as a Blue Badge holder?

Find out your rights and responsibilities on the GOV.UK website.

I have a hidden disability. Am I entitled to a Blue Badge? 

Please consider applying for a Blue Badge if you have a non-visible (hidden) condition, causing you to severely struggle with journeys between a vehicle and your destination, and you either:

  • Have very considerable difficulty whilst walking, including very considerable psychological distress
  • Cannot undertake a journey without there being a risk of serious harm to that person or any other person

If one or more of these are relevant to you, apply using the online form further up this page.

Where can I get more information?

Visit the GOV.UK website and search for Blue Badges.

Alternatively, you can contact using the Blue Badge contact form.

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This page was last updated on 8 November 2019

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