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Are you entitled to a Blue Badge?

Find out if you are eligible for a Blue Badge.

Blue Badges for adults

The Welsh Government provides an on line Blue Badge eligibility checkerOpens new window on their website.

The eligibility criteria are divided into two groups. These are:

  1. People who are entitled to a badge without any further assessment - usually because they are already receiving certain state benefits. Sometimes this is referred to as 'automatic' eligibility.
     
  2. People who are entitled to a badge after a further assessment - usually people in this group are not receiving any of the state benefits and have to provide evidence of their condition and how it affects their mobility.

Blue Badges without any further assessment

You will be eligible to receive a Blue Badge without a further assessment if you meet at least one of the following criteria.

  • You receive the Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance at the Higher Rate (this is NOT Attendance Allowance or the Care Component of Disability Living Allowance).
  • You receive Personal Independent Payment at an enhanced rate for the planning of a journey or the standard rate for moving around. That is, you satisfy mobility category F for planning and following a journey or mobility categories C, D, E or F for moving around.
  • You receive a War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement.
  • Severely injured armed forces personnel - you receive a guaranteed payment under tariffs 1-8 of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes an inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.
  • You are registered blind.

Badges with a further assessment

You can be considered for a badge after a further assessment if:

  • You have a permanent and substantial disability which means you cannot walk or have very considerable difficulty in walking.
    Welsh Government guidance tells us that a permanent and substantial disability is a condition that is likely to last for the duration of your life that means you cannot walk or that you have very considerable difficulty in walking.
  • You have a severe disability in both upper limbs, regularly drive a motor vehicle but cannot turn the steering wheel of a motor vehicle by hand even if it is fitted with a turning knob.
  • People who regularly drive a non-adapted vehicle but are unable to operate or have difficulty in operating parking meters or pay and display equipment because of severe impairments in both arms (for example, those with thalidomide-related disabilities).

You will need to demonstrate that your disability affects your ability to walk to the extent that you would be unable to access goods and services unless you are allowed to park close to shops, public buildings and other facilities.

You may be asked to provide proof that you fall into one of these groups unless we can obtain evidence from elsewhere.

You will not qualify for a badge if:

  • You do not meet any of the criteria listed above
  • You have a temporary not permanent disability, such as a broken leg.
  • You experience a psychological disorder that does not cause you severe discomfort with your walking on a permanent basis (unless you receive Personal Independence Payment and satisfy mobility category F for planning a journey).
  • You only experience walking problems when carrying objects, such as shopping.
  • Your condition does not continuously severely limit your ability to walk for example some people have days when they are more able to walk better than others.

Blue badges for children under 3

Parents can apply for a badge for their child if the child has a medical condition which means they need to:

  • Travel with bulky medical equipment not easily carried OR
  • Be close to a vehicle in case they need emergency medical treatment.

Once the child reaches their third birthday, these criteria don't apply and the application is treated the same as for any adult.

Bulky medical equipment can include:

Ventilators, suction machines, feed pumps, oxygen administration or monitoring equipment, casts and associated medical equipment for the correction of hip dysplasia.

These lists are not exhaustive so please contact us on 01792 637366 for advice and we will be pleased to help you.

Blue badges for organisations

A Blue Badge may be issued to an organisation

that is responsible for the care and transport of disabled people.

It can be issued when the vehicle owned by the organisation is to be used to transport disabled persons who would normally qualify for a badge themselves.

Welsh Government guidance advises local authorities that it is unlikely that taxi or private hire operators and community transport operators would be eligible for an organisational Blue Badge as they are not usually concerned with the care of disabled people who would meet one or more of the eligibility criteria for a badge. Such operators are, of course, able to use an individual's Blue Badge when carrying that person as a passenger.

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