We have been made aware that another website offering to “assist” with a Blue Badge application is available via Bing and Yahoo.
The URL is https://bluebadge-uk.org/blue_badge/apply.php where a fee of £49 is charged to assist with an application for a Blue Badge.
Please note that this website is not associated with the Blue Badge Improvement Service. Applications can be made for free via https://www.gov.uk/apply-blue-badge, or directly with the Blue Badge Team on 01633 644644
Any citizens affected by this may wish to contact Citizens Advice Consumer Services.
Advice will be given on how to report this website and whether or not it may be possible recoup any money paid. CACS can be contacted on 03454 040506 or online via their website at http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/index/getadvice/consumer_service.htm
All of our car parks offer disabled parking bays. They allow blue badge holders to park as close to their destination as possible and holders of a blue badge can park free in any marked bay within these car parks.
A penalty charge notice may be issued if a valid badge is not displayed.
Using badges illegally carries a maximum penalty of £1000.
The scheme allows badge holders to park close to their destination, but the national concessions apply only to on-street parking.
Who can have a Blue Badge?
The blue badge scheme provides a national arrangement of parking concessions for people with severe walking difficulties who travel either as drivers or passengers.
The scheme also applies to people who are registered blind, and people with impairment in both arms.
If you meet one of the following criteria you will automatically qualify:
- You are registered blind (Severely Sight Impaired)
- You receive the Higher Rate of Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance
- You receive Personal Independent Payment (PIP)(At the required level)
- You receive War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement (not a war disablement pension)
- You have been awarded a lump sum benefit under tariffs 1-8 of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes an inability or very considerable difficulty in walking
- You have been awarded tariff 6 – Permanent Mental Disorder of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS)
- You use a vehicle supplied for disabled people by a Motability Scheme
If you do not meet the above criteria, you may qualify under the discretionary criteria, providing that supporting evidence can be provided.
- Children under three years of age who due to a specific medical condition which means that they must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around with the child without great difficulty; or children under three years of age who have a medical condition which means that they need to be kept near a vehicle at all times, either for treatment, or for transportation to a location where treatment can be performed. The badge will expire on the day after the child’s third birthday. A parent or guardian must apply on behalf of the child and provide supporting letters from health consultants or social services.
- 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 Thalidomide related disabilities. In this circumstance, a blue badge will be issued at the discretion of the local authority.
- You have a severe disability in both upper limbs, regularly drive a motor vehicle but cannot turn the steering wheel by hand even if it is fitted with a turning knob.
- You have a permanent and substantial disability which means you are unable to walk or have very considerable difficulty in walking.
- You are unable to plan and follow a journey because of cognitive impairment (e.g. autism, dementia, learning disability, mental health problem, head injuries etc) and need the help of someone else. Supporting evidence will be required.
In these circumstances, blue badges will be issued at our discretion.
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.
How Do I Apply for a Blue Badge?
If you think you may be eligible for a blue badge you must complete an application form.
You can apply on line at Direct Gov
You will need the following to apply for or renew your Blue Badge
- the details of your current Blue Badge (if you have one)
- a digital or signed photo
- your National Insurance number
- proof of identification
- proof of residency
If you apply online you can track your application and update your details
Or you can request an application form from any of the following:
By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By contacting one of the Community Hubs or Contact Centre on 01633 644644
What information will I need to provide?
If you qualify you need to:
Provide proof of identity (which may include one of the following)
- Marriage/Divorce certificate
- Valid driving licence
- Civil partnership/dissolution certificate
- Birth certificate/adoption certificate
(Identification documents that include a photograph are preferable)
Provide proof of your address, dated within the last 12 months
- Consent to check the Monmouthshire County Council Council Tax Database
- Consent to check the Monmouthshire County Council Electoral Register
- Council Tax Bill
Provide your National Insurance Number
If applying under the Automatic Criteria, provide the appropriate supporting evidence i.e. an up to date copy of your Disability Living Allowance entitlement or Personal Independent Payment letter from the Department of Work and Pensions
Provide 1 passport size photo – with your name printed on the back
Renewing Blue Badges
Badges are generally valid for three years (or shorter in some circumstances) so you will need to reapply and complete a new application.
We will write to you before the expiry date shown on the badge to remind you that a new application form has to be completed.
If you don’t get a reminder, contact us at least 6 weeks before the badge is due to expire and ask for an application form.
If you move house, don’t forget to tell us your new address.
If you move out of Monmouthshire, the badge will still be valid until the expiry date but you will have to reapply to your new council before it expires.
If your application is successful your new badge will be sent direct to your home address.
All expired badges should be handed into your Community Hub or posted to the Contact Centre
Stolen Blue Badges
If your blue badge has been stolen you will need to report this to the police and they will give you a crime reference number. You will need to apply for a replacement blue badge.
Lost or Damaged Blue Badges
If your badge has been lost or damaged you will need to complete a replacement blue badge form. There is a £10 charge for replacement blue badges.
Important things to remember when using your blue badge
- Your Blue Badge must be displayed on top of the dashboard or fascia panel of the vehicle where it can be clearly read.
- The side showing the wheelchair symbol must face forward so the expiry date is legible from outside the vehicle and the time of arrival must be set on the clock.
- If you do not display the badge properly, then you may be given a parking ticket.
- When no parking concessions are being used, badges/clocks/wallets should be removed from view so they do not provide a target for thieves.
- If a parking enforcement officer asks you to show them the badge, you are required by law to do so. If you don’t, you can face prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.
Misuse of a Blue Badge
Important things to remember:
- You must be a passenger or driver of the vehicle at all times when a Blue Badge is displayed.
- Do not let someone else use your badge to get free or better parking.
- Carers, family or friends cannot use the badge even when carrying out business on your behalf.
- Do not use your badge when it is out of date.
- Do not use your badge when the information on it is wrong or illegible for example, if it has faded.
- Do not reproduce or allow anyone to reproduce your badge.
- Misuse of a Blue Badge by you or another person is a criminal offence, which can carry a fine of up to £1000 and the immediate withdrawal of the badge.
- Parking enforcement officers can confiscate a badge if they reasonably believe it is being misused or is a fake, has expired, has already been cancelled or should have been returned.
Reporting misuse of a Blue Badge
Misuse of a Blue Badge is a criminal offence.
The new-style badges are linked to a new UK database of eligible users. This makes it much easier for police and parking wardens anywhere in the country to verify whether or not a badge is being used legitimately.
Try to get as many details as possible from the badge on display (serial number, expiry date etc) to help us to investigate and take action if the badge is shown to have been misused.
To help you with your report there are a number of different types of blue badge fraud or misuse,
Misuse by the badge holder
- Use of a badge that is no longer valid
- Use of a badge that has been reported lost or stolen
- Use of a badge which a Local Authority has requested be returned
- Letting a friend or relative use the badge
- Use of a copied badge
- Altering the details on the badge, for example, the expiry date
- Making a fraudulent application (providing false information on the application) or using a badge obtained fraudulently.
Misuse by a third party
- Using someone else’s badge (with or without the badge holder’s knowledge) without the badge holder being present
- Using a badge belonging to someone who has died
- Copying, altering or making badges
- Using a stolen badge
- Using a fake badge
Apply for a Blue Badge
You can apply for a Blue Badge for yourself, someone else or an organisation online.