Blue Badge / Disabled Parking

pdf icon 1. Blue Badge Introductory Note [37kb] 

2. Applying for a Blue Badge 

3. Eligibility Criteria 

     3.1 Without further assessment
     3.2 Subject to further assessment
     3.3 Drivers with a severe disability in both arms
     3.4 Children under three years of age
     3.5 Applications from organisations

4. Cost of Blue Badge 

5. Period of Issue 

6. Where the Scheme does not apply 

7. Where to park 

8. Misuse of a Badge 

9. Misuse of a Disabled Parking Bay 

10. Using the Blue Badge abroad 

11. Visitors from abroad - use of blue badge 

12. Photographs 

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pdf icon 1. Blue Badge Introductory Note [37kb] - click on link for more information


2. Applying for a Blue Badge
If you require a Blue Badge, a renewal or replacement, you can:

If your blue badge is lost or stolen, you must contact your local police station and report it. You will be issued with a 'pink slip' from Strathclyde Police called 'Confirmation of loss report'. You must include the original pink slip with your completed application form, relevant documents (supporting evidence) and fee. On receipt of your completed application form, a wait period of 28 days is applied, to allow time for your lost or stolen badge to be returned, if found.

Completed form and any accompanying documents must be sent to:
Glasgow City Council
Grants Section
PO Box 26816
Glasgow G2 9AF

Or submitted in person to:
Social Work Services
45 John Street
Glasgow G1

You should also contact the Council at this address if:

  • you move house
  • you no longer need a badge
  • a badge needs to be returned because the holder has died
  • a badge needs to be returned when you are no longer entitled to its use.

There is no right to appeal if you are turned down for a Badge, however if your application has been refused on medical grounds, you may re-apply after six months if you consider that your mobility has significantly deteriorated.

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3. Eligibility criteria
3.1 Without further assessment
You will receive a Blue Badge on application without further assessment if you:

  • receive the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
  • are registered blind
  • receive a War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement
  • have a vehicle supplied through the Motability Scheme
  • you have received a lump sum from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) at tariff 1-8 and been assessed by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA) as being unable or virtually unable to walk

3.2 Subject to further assessment
If you do not qualify for a Blue Badge under the 'without further assessment' criteria, you may be entitled to a Badge subject to further assessment if your disability causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.

Scottish Executive regulations (April 2007) introduced a new category for people with a temporary mobility impairment which makes it impossible or unreasonably difficult to walk and which is likely to last for a period of at least 12 months.

You may be referred for an Independent Medical Assessment where your eligibility under the 'unable to walk or virtually unable to walk' criteria is uncertain. In these cases, applications may take up to 28 working days to be completed.

3.3 Drivers with a severe disability in both arms
To be eligible for a badge under this criterion, an applicant will need to:

  • be in possession of a current driving licence and drive motor vehicles regularly
  • have a severe disability in both upper limbs and
  • be unable to turn by hand the steering wheel of a motor vehicle, even though the wheel is fitted with a turning knob

The local authority may make arrangements to see the applicant's vehicle. The vehicle will normally be specially adapted for steering by foot or joystick if a badge is to be awarded.

This criterion is designed to assist only people with the most severe upper-limb disabilities; it is not proposed to extend eligibility generally to people who have difficulty in carrying parcels, etc a badge will not be issued under this criterion to a person who will be travelling purely as a passenger.

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3.4 Children under three years old

  • a child suffering from a condition that requires that he or she is always accompanied by bulky medical equipment which can be kept in a motor vehicle but which cannot be carried around with the child without great difficulty
  • a child suffering from a condition that requires that he or she must always be kept near a motor vehicle so that he or she can, if necessary, be treated for that condition in the vehicle or taken quickly to the vehicle to a place where he or she can be so treated
  • a child who has to wear a cast and / or supporting medical equipment for the correction of hip dysplasia

Bulky medical equipment includes any of the following:

  • Ventilators - drive air through a tube placed into a windpipe. They blow oxygen-enriched air gently into the lungs through a tube that is passed through the mouth or nose or via a tracheotomy
  • Suction machines - are portable suction apparatus used for aspirating fluids and vomit from the mouth and airway by sucking the material through a catheter into a bottle using a vacuum pump (piston, diaphragm, or rotary vane), bacterial filter, vacuum gauge, trap for moisture (or any debris accidentally drawn into the mechanism), a reservoir for the aspirated material, and a suction catheter or nozzle
  • Feed pumps - deliver fluid feeds via nasogastric tube to the child's stomach
  • Parenteral equipment - services intravenous lines providing nutrition if a child is unable to take food or fluids through his or her mouth. The line can also be used for injecting medication
  • Syringe drivers - are used to deliver medication by intravenous injection (for example antibiotics), or by suction injection (for example insulin to control diabetes) this can be given by using a small pump known as a syringe driver. A syringe is attached to the syringe driver and the drug is released through a small needle

3.5 Applications from Organisations
An organisational Blue Badge may be issued to an organisation for a group transport motor vehicle (for example people carrier or minibus) when the vehicle is used to carry disabled persons. The Badge(s) should only be used on group transport vehicles. There are no guidelines that state that the organisation must carry a specific number of disabled persons. Those individuals attending the organisation should have a permanent and substantial disability, which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking. Such individuals would be entitled to a badge in their own right.

The number of badges issued is at the discretion of Social Work Services.

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4. Cost of Blue Badge
An administration fee of £20 will be charged for a Blue Badge, which can be paid by cheque or postal order, payable to Glasgow City Council. You can also pay in cash if submitting completed form in person to Glasgow City Council, 45 John Street, Glasgow G1. This charge applies to all Blue Badge applications, including renewals and replacements.

There is no facility for rendering payment through invoice. A Blue Badge will not be issued unless payment is received.

Completed applications forms, relevant documents (supporting evidence) and fee (which will only be cashed if you are successful), should be posted to:
Glasgow City Council
Grants Section
PO Box 26816
Glasgow G2 9AF

or handed in, in person to
Social Work Services
45 John Street
Glasgow G1


5. Period of Issue

  • Automatic applications for those registered blind, in receipt of a War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement or who qualify under the AFCS will be issued with a badge for three years
  • Automatic applications for those who qualify as a result of being in receipt of Disability Living Allowance - High Rate Mobility Component, will have a badge awarded that runs concurrently with your benefit award (Maximum three year period). The minimum issue period of a blue badge is 12 months therefore you must be in receipt of this allowance for at least 12 months from the date of application for the blue badge
  • Discretionary applications, if approved, will be awarded for a period of between one - three years subject to the assessment by Social Work Services
  • The maximum period that any badge will be awarded is three years

6. Where the scheme does not apply

  • The Scheme does not apply on private roads
  • The Scheme does not apply in off-street car parks. However, some may provide spaces for people with disabilities. You should check the signs to see what concessions are available, and whether Blue Badge holders have to pay. Always display your Blue Badge when occupying one of these spaces. If you are unsure whether you can park, you should check with a traffic warden, police officer or the relevant parking attendant
  • The Scheme does not apply in certain town centres, where access is prohibited or limited to vehicles with special permits issued locally
  • The Scheme does not apply in Central London, but some facilities are provided. For further information, contact the relevant London Council
  • The Scheme does not apply on the road systems at some airports (for example Edinburgh, Glasgow and Prestwick). You should therefore contact the airport concerned in advance to check the car parking arrangements

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7. Where to park

  • If in doubt at any time, you should check with the local authority
  • Badge holders may park free of charge and without time limit at parking meters on-street and 'pay-and-display' on-street parking
  • Badge holders may be exempt from time limits imposed on other users
  • Badge holders may usually park on single or double yellow lines in Scotland without any time limit. In England and Northern Ireland, there is a time limit of up to three hours. Badge holders should also check for loading or unloading restrictions indicated by yellow markings on the kerb. When these restrictions are in force the Badge holder is not permitted to park. 
  • Badge holders can park in greenways out-with times of operation

Remember, the Blue Badge must be displayed at all times when parking. The badge belongs to you, and not to the vehicle you are travelling in. You will therefore only be issued with one badge.

As long as the journey is being made for you, and you are in the car with your badge, you can travel in any car.


8. Misuse of a badge
Misuse of a Blue Badge is a serious offence.

  • Your badge can be withdrawn if you misuse it or allow others to misuse it
  • It is a criminal offence to drive a vehicle displaying a Blue Badge unless the badge holder is in the vehicle, or the vehicle is being driven by someone other than the badge holder for the purpose of entering or leaving an area (which is accessible only to vehicles displaying a Blue Badge) in order to pick up or drop off the holder. If they do so, they are liable to a fine of up to £1,000
  • Since January 2004 in Scotland, police, traffic wardens and local authority car parking attendants have the power to inspect Blue Badges. However, badge holders can ask to see identification before allowing their badge to be inspected. Any identified official will be happy to co-operate
  • The Power to Inspect Blue Badge legislation is designed to protect the rights of legitimate badge holders and helps to reduce misuse of the badge

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9. Misuse of a designated Blue Badge parking bay covered by a traffic regulation order
You must display a valid blue badge at all times when parked in such a bay. Failure to do so can result in a fine of up to £1,000.


10. Using the Blue Badge abroad
The UK has reciprocal parking arrangements with other European Union (EU) countries. There are currently no formal arrangements with any other countries. Blue Badge holders are entitled to the same parking concessions that are given to disabled people in those countries.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), an independent road safety charity, publishes a booklet with detailed information on the use of the Blue Badge in European countries. The booklet can be downloaded from the FIA Disabled Travellers website.

You can find more information on the European Commission's website

There is further information on the Department for Transport's website


11. Visitors from abroad - use of Blue Badge
The Blue Badge Scheme provides a national arrangement in the UK and a partnership arrangement in most European countries, for parking concessions for disabled people who travel either as passengers or driver, but not for countries out-with Europe.

Therefore only visitors from Europe can use their Blue Badge while staying in the UK.


12. Photographs
The Blue Badge is a two-sided card with space for a photograph of the badge holder on the back of the card. Your application should, therefore, be accompanied by two reasonably recent photographs, which you should sign on the back. You may send passport-type photographs taken from self-service booths or any suitable photographs cut down to a passport photo size.


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