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The Blue Badge Scheme is a national scheme allowing people who have severe mobility problems, or who are registered blind, to park near to places that they would not otherwise be able to access.

This may include access to specific spaces in car parks and being allowed to park free of charge in some pay and display car parks or single or double yellow lines for up to three hours as long as it is safe to do so and does not cause an obstruction.  It is important to check the information displayed in each car park to know if charges apply.

How much does a blue badge cost?

A blue badge costs £10 and is valid for a maximum of 3 years.

We are only able to issue Blue Badges to permanent residents of the borough. If you live in a different borough then please contact your local council for information about how to apply for a Blue Badge.  Badges are issued in accordance with the guidelines and regulations provided by the Department for Transport (DfT). 

Due to the current high demand for Blue Badges, applications may take up to 12 weeks to be processed. Work is being done to reduce this waiting time.

Check your eligibility.

New Blue Badge Criteria Announced

The Department for Transport have announced that following a consultation, eligibility for a Blue Badge will be extended to people with hidden disabilities, including autism and mental health conditions.  The details of the new criteria and an implementation date have not been announced by the Department for Transport yet.

It is expected that the new criteria will come into force later this year.

Until this time blue badges are not able to be issued under this new criteria.

We will publicise the changes when we have been provided the details.

For further details visit GOV.UK.

Warning: Bogus Blue Badge Websites

Please be aware that there are a number of websites that offer a blue badge application service for a fee. These sites are charging up to £50 to submit an application on your behalf.

Please be advised:

  • The maximum fee chargeable for a blue badge is £10 and is only payable by people who are issued a blue badge.
  • Only use official local authority websites or Department for Transport website.
  • Ensure that you are using a genuine local authority or government website to apply for a Blue Badge. There is no cost to submit an application.
  • Please submit you applications in good time. The current processing time is up to 8 weeks.
  • Please do not submit applications until there is less than 12 weeks remaining on them.

If you still have unanswered questions please see our frequently asked questions or find out more about Transport and Mobility in the Dudley borough on our Community Information Directory.

Blue Badge Misuse and Enforcement

The misuse of a Blue Badge and obtaining a Blue Badge by fraudulent means are very serious offence criminal offences.

  • A person found to be benefiting from a Blue Badge not issued to them could be prosecuted. This could mean they would have a criminal record and be fined up to £1000.
  • A person obtaining a Blue Badge by fraudulent means, such as providing false information when applying for a Blue Badge could also be prosecuted. This could mean they would have a criminal record and be fined up to £5000 and/or imprisonment for up to 12 months.

Dudley Blue Badge Enforcement Project

Our Parking Enforcement teams are carrying out a joint project with the Blue Badge team. This is an on-street project completing spot checks on Blue Badges being displayed in vehicles when parked.

If you are using a Blue Badge you may find that you are asked to show your Blue Badge to a:

  • Parking Enforcement Officer
  • Uniformed member of the Blue Badge Team
  • Or you may receive a telephone call to confirm your whereabouts while your Blue Badge is on display.

The results of this project will be considered and future Blue Badge enforcement policies and projects will be formulated.  We would like to thank those who have already complied with requests to inspect badges and those who have received telephone calls from us. The response from genuine Blue Badge holders has been very positive and by addressing the misuse of Blue Badges we are maintaining the integrity of the scheme and ultimately making sure that those who need it are able to benefit from the scheme.

Watch this space for further developments in addressing Blue Badge misuse.

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