Who can get a Blue Badge
You can get a Blue Badge if you have a permanent and substantial walking disability, where you are either unable to walk, or have very considerable difficulty in walking
- Automatic qualification
If any of the following apply you will receive a badge without further assessment:
- receives the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance (HRMCDLA)
- registered blind (severely sight impaired)
- receives a War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement (WPMS)
- has been both awarded a lump sum benefit at tariffs 1-8 of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking
- receives a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) award that indicates you cannot walk further than 50 metres
- Subject to assessment
A badge may be issued after further assessment if the person:
- drives a vehicle regularly, has a severe disability in both arms and is unable to operate, or has considerable difficulty in operating, all or some types of parking meter or
- has a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking
- Children under 3
Children under the age of 3 may be eligible for a badge if they:
- require bulky medical equipment which is difficult to carry
- need to be near a vehicle at all times so that they can receive emergency treatment in the vehicle
- need to be near a vehicle at all times so they can be driven somewhere for emergency treatment
- Severe cognitive or behavioral impairment
A badge can be issued where it is clear that, in spite of the care support given when out and about, the applicant’s condition is severe and is a danger to themselves and/or to those around them.
- Terminal illness with a poor prognosis
The Blue Badge is only issued to people who have very considerable difficulty walking, but Hampshire County Council have included a concession to assist people who have a terminal illness with a poor prognosis (unlikely to be longer than 6 months).
If the applicant has a terminal illness with a poor prognosis then please use the first descriptive text box on the application form to carefully and accurately explain the illness and the prognosis, and provide a signed DS1500 form to confirm it. (DS1500 form is essential). Then ignore the remaining questions on the application form.
For these exceptions we will only require payment for the badge.
- You don’t qualify if
- the applicant has a psychological disorder, learning, cognitive or behavioural difficulty and doesn’t have a problem walking and where support significantly reduces any safety risk when out and about
- you have a disabling condition that is only temporary, such as a broken leg