Blue Badges may be issued to Organisations who:
Care for and transport disabled people who would themselves meet the eligibility criteria for a badge should they apply individually (see criteria below)
Have a clear need for an organisational badge rather than using the individual Blue Badges of people it is transporting
An eligible disabled person is defined as a person who is over two years old and
Receives the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance; or
Meets a “Moving Around” descriptor for the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP); or
Is registered blind (severely sight impaired); or
Receives a War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement; or
Received a lump sum benefit under the Armed Forces and Reserved Forces (Compensation) Scheme within tariff levels 1-8 (inclusive) and has been assessed and certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty walking; or
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.
In addition, eligibility covers children under the age of three who fall within either or both of the following descriptions:
A child who, on account of a condition, must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around with the child without great difficulty;
A child who, on account of a condition, must always be kept near a motor vehicle so that, if necessary, treatment for that condition can be given in the vehicle or the child can be taken quickly in the vehicle to a place where treatment can be given.
All employees of the organisation who will be using the badge should be reminded that they must only use the badge for the purposes of transporting disabled people in their care who meet one or more of the eligibility criteria for a badge. These employees should be reminded that if they use the badge to take advantage of the concessions when there are no passengers in the vehicle who are eligible for a badge they will face a fine of up to £1,000 and criminal prosecution.
For further information regarding the use of an Organisational Blue Badge please refer to Department for Transports guidelines in their ‘The Blue Badge Scheme: rights and responsibilities for Organisations’.
If you are part of an organisation who meets the above criteria then you can apply for an Organisational Blue Badge by completing the application form here.