For guidance on who can get a blue badge:
You can apply for a Blue Badge if you meet one of the following; this applies to first time applicants and those renewing an existing badge:
- Receive the Higher Rate of Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance.
- Receive Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and have 8 points or above in the Moving Around Descriptor (this is revised criteria, please be aware that you may previously have qualified for a Blue Badge under PIP but MUST now have 8 points or more in order to qualify).
- Are registered as Severely Sight Impaired (blind).
- Receive a benefit under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme within tariff levels 1-8 and been assessed as having a permanent & substantial disability that causes an inability to walk or very considerable difficulty walking.
- Receive the War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement.
- Have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and may be receiving end of life care. Ask your doctor, specialist, or consultant for a DS1500 Medical Condition Report.
- Are unable to walk, or have very considerable difficulty walking 80 metres.
- Drive a car and because of having a severe disability in both arms are unable, or find it very difficult to use some or all parking meters.
- Is a child under the age of 3 who has to be accompanied at all times by bulky medical equipment or, on account of a condition, must always be kept near a vehicle so that, if necessary, treatment for that condition can be given in the vehicle or the child can be taken quickly to a place where treatment can be given.
- If you are applying for a Blue Badge under the criteria of a non- visible (hidden) disability you will be automatically eligible if in your PIP mobility assessment you scored 10 points in the ‘planning and following a journey’ category – specifically 10 points. Otherwise you can still apply but will need to provide supporting evidence from a specialist medical professional treating you.
An individual can re-apply for a blue badge if their badge has been lost, stolen or damaged.
If you have a badge that has been lost, stolen or damaged, that was issued by Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council you can apply for a replacement badge. To apply you are required to download and complete the application form. Application forms that are not completed correctly or do not have the required documentation with them will be returned to the applicant.
An organisation may be eligible for a blue badge if they meet the following criteria:
- The care and transportation of disabled people who would in themselves meet the eligibility criteria for a badge should they apply individually.
- Having a clear need for an organisational badge rather than using the individual Blue Badges of people it is transporting.
In all circumstances, badges will be supplied to an organisation or department (e.g. Social Services Department) rather than to individual staff members.
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.
If your organisation meets the above criteria then it may be entitled to a Blue Badge. Simply apply at: www.gov.uk/apply-blue-badge.