Blue Badge scheme
The Blue Badge Scheme is a national scheme allowing people with severe mobility issues to park close to amenities they would otherwise have difficulty accessing. The scheme helps you travel independently, as either a driver or a passenger.
Badge holders can park free at on-street parking meters and in pay and display bays; on single and double yellow lines or anywhere a disabled parking sign is displayed.
We, your local authority, issue Blue Badges to eligible applicants and we are responsible for administering the scheme.
Transport Scotland is responsible for the legislation setting out the framework for the scheme and supports local authorities to deliver the scheme.
- Eligibility - who can have one?
- How do I apply?
- What does a Blue Badge cost?
- When will I get my Blue badge?
- Blue badge application scam
- Renewing a Blue Badge
- Lost, stolen or damaged Blue Badges
- Blue Badge online services
- Blue Badge fraud or misuse
- Rights and responsibilities
- Contact us
Eligibility for a Blue Badge is mainly for those people who have severe mobility problems. Some people can get a Blue Badge automatically, others may need more assessment. Assessment for a badge relates directly to your ability to walk or having a disability in both arms.
A badge won’t be granted on the basis of age or the need to have a wider space to fully open a car door.
You’ll automatically qualify for a badge, under the no further assessment rules, if you, or the person you’re applying for, can answer yes to any of these questions:
- Do you receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and has this been awarded indefinitely?
- Do you receive the mobility component of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) at eight points or more in the Moving Around activity, or 12 points in the Planning and Following Journeys activity?
- Are you registered blind?
- Do you receive a War Pensioner’s Mobility supplement?
- Do you receive a benefit under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation scheme?
You must provide your award letters with your application as proof of your income.
You may still qualify for a discretionary badge, under the further assessment criteria, if you answered no to all of the above questions. You may be invited to go to a clinic appointment where you need to demonstrate you meet certain criteria to qualify.
A Blue badge can be awarded for one to three years depending on your mobility problems.
Organisational Blue Badge
A Blue Badge may be issued to an organisation for a vehicle used to transport disabled people who would themselves be eligible for a Blue Badge in their own right.
Mental disorder or cognitive impairment pilot scheme
There’s a pilot scheme running for people diagnosed with a mental disorder or cognitive impairment to apply for a Blue Badge. This is a trial and runs until 31 March 2017. Badges will be awarded for one year from date of award.
To be eligible for a Blue Badge under this pilot, you must:
- be aged three years or over
- have no awareness of danger from traffic and be likely to compromise your safety, or the safety of others, as a result of a diagnosed mental disorder or cognitive impairment
you must also get one of these incomes:
- the higher or middle rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- the higher or lower rate of Attendance Allowance (AA)
- have been awarded at least eight points for the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) activities: Activity 7 – Communicating Verbally; Activity 8 – Reading and Understanding Signs, Symbols and Words; Activity 9 – Engaging with Other People. Points can be accumulated from each of these activities
There’s a separate application form for this scheme. It is open to those who qualify and can provide evidence and support from a healthcare professional (not a GP) or a registered Social Worker. They must complete the questionnaire in Section 4 of the mental disorder or cognitive impairment pilot scheme application form.
Please contact the Blue Badge Team on 03456 08 12 08 if you wish to find out more.
The quickest and easiest way to apply for a blue badge is online. You can check your eligibility and apply online for all badges, except the mental disorder or cognitive impairment pilot scheme.
Or you can apply by:
- calling 03456 08 12 08
- completing a paper application form available at certain council offices
- downloading and printing an application form:
- Automatic application form (PDF 74KB) - if you meet the automatic entitlement criteria
- Discretionary application form (PDF 85KB) - depending on further assessment criteria
- Organisational application form (PDF 58KB) - if you’re applying for a vehicle used to transport disabled people
- Mental disorder or cognitive impairment pilot scheme application form (PDF 85KB)
You must provide the following when applying for a Blue Badge:
- proof of identity eg birth certificate or passport
- proof of address dated in the last 12 months eg utility bill
- proof of your entitlement to DLA, AA or PIP
- a recent passport-style photograph of the person applying
You can take these documents to your nearest council office where they’ll be copied and returned to you. Or you can post then to us with your application form.
We charge £20 for each badge issued in Aberdeenshire. All badges cost the same regardless of how they are issued (automatically, after further assessment, to an organisation or under the mental disorder or cognitive impairment pilot scheme).
The charge is requested when a badge is approve for issue. Don’t send payment with your application.
You should get your badge in ten working days, if you automatically qualify and provided all the information we need to process your application.
It may take up to eight weeks to get your badge if you needed more assessment to qualify.
Your badge will be posted to you, if your application is approved.
We are aware that there are scam websites offering to help people apply for a blue badge and charging up to £49.
These websites ask you to complete an application online, with up-front payment, which you think is being sent to us. But we don’t get either. Applicants who have used these scam sites have later found that their application doesn’t exist and the money lost.
We don’t ask for payment up-front. We charge £20 for each successful application.
If you have any doubts about a website, or your application, call us for help and advice on 03456 08 12 08.
As Blue Badges are awarded for up to three years, a reminder letter is sent to the badge holder 12 weeks before the badge is about to expire.
Please make sure you re-apply in plenty of time. It is an offence to use an expired badge.
If your Blue Badge is lost, stolen or damaged contact us or report it online. Badges can be replaced for a charge of £20. So we can cancel the badge we need details about how it was lost, stolen or damaged.
If you find a Blue Badge please return it, stating where you found it, to: Aberdeenshire Council, PO Box 18533, Inverurie AB51 5WX.
You can also do the following online:
If you suspect someone is misusing a Blue Badge you can report it to us. Try to gather as much information as possible, for example serial number of the badge, where the vehicle is parked.
Using stolen or fake blue badges, or allowing a family member or friend to use a badge without the badge holder in the vehicle, is fraud. Committing blue badge fraud can result in a fine of up to £1000.
You can find out about your rights and responsibilities as a Blue Badge holder in Transport Scotland's leaflet - The Blue Badge scheme: rights and responsibilities in Scotland. The leaflet also gives useful information about using the Blue Badge in the UK and abroad.
For more information about the Blue Badge scheme please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 03456 08 12 08.
You can also write to us: Aberdeenshire Council, PO Box 18533, Inverurie, AB51 5WX.
If you would like to speak to someone in person about a Blue Badge enquiry, you can visit one of our offices:
|Banff||Benefit Office, Town House, Low Street, Banff, AB45 1AY|
|Fraserburgh||Benefit Office, 88 Commerce Street, Fraserburgh, AB43 9LP|
|Huntly||Service Point, 25 Gordon Road, Huntly, AB54 8AL|
|Inverurie||Benefit Office, Gordon House, Blackhall Road, Inverurie, AB51 3WA|
|Peterhead||Service Point, Buchan House, St Peter Street, Peterhead, AB42 1QF|
|Stonehaven||Benefit Office, 16-22 Allardice Street, Stonehaven, AB39 2BR|
|Turriff||Service Point, Towie House, Manse Road, Turriff, AB53 4AY|
Offices are open Monday to Friday, from 8.45 am to 5.00 pm.