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Blue Badge Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the terms and conditions for the use of the Blue Badge?

Can I get a Blue Badge if I have difficulty in carrying shopping?

I do not drive, can I have a Blue badge?

Can I apply for a Blue Badge for a child?

Why do I need to collect the Blue Badge myself?

What if I can't get to one of the Council's one stop shops to collect my Blue Badge?

Can someone else make the application for me?

How long does it take to issue a Blue Badge?

Can I get a Blue Badge if I am diagnosed as terminally ill?

Can a Blue Badge be issued to some one who has an incontinence or psychological/behavioural problem?

My doctor says I qualify for a Blue Badge – why can’t I have one?

Can I appeal if I am refused a Blue Badge?

How long does a Blue Badge last?

My Blue Badge will expire soon, how can I replace it?

What do I do if my Blue Badge is lost, stolen, damaged or faded?

What should I do if my medical circumstances change?

Can I be issued with a temporary Blue Badge?

Can I have more than one Blue Badge?

Where can I park using my Blue Badge?

Can I use the Blue Badge outside Wirral? (including the rest of the European Union)

Do I need to pay for parking?

How should I display the Blue Badge?

Can my Blue Badge be used on any vehicle?

Can someone else use the Blue Badge on my behalf for shopping or to collect my prescriptions?

What happens if my Blue Badge is misused?

Why have I received a parking fine even though I have a Blue Badge?

What should I do with the Blue Badge if someone has died?

What changes have been made to the Blue Badge scheme?

How can I pay the £10 issue fee?

 

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Terms and Condition for the use of Blue Badges 

  • You must display the badge correctly with the photo faced down, and the clock displayed.
  • The badge belongs to you, and not to the driver of the car. You cannot give it to other people and you must keep it with you at all times.
  • Your badge can be used on any vehicle, but you must be a driver or passenger of the car when the Blue Badge is displayed.
  • Your Blue Badge may be confiscated if it is improperly used- even if you are unaware that this has happened. Misuse of a Blue Badge can result in a fine of up to £1000.
  • You cannot cause an obstruction when you park using a blue badge. In England, Blue Badge holders may generally park: 

- on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours, unless there is a ban on loading or unloading 

-  at 'on-street' parking meters and pay-and-display machines for free and for as long as they need 

- in disabled parking bays

  • If you are displaying a Blue Badge you can park free of charge in any car park owned by Wirral Council.
  • All Councils have different policies regarding Blue Badge parking. Check with that Council if you intend to park outside Wirral or use the link to view where blue badges may be used (Please note that not all Councils have contributed to this map).
  • If your Blue Badge is lost or stolen you should report it straight away to the police and then tell the Council on 606 2020 or 606 2006.

You must report the following changes of circumstance immediately:

- change of address
- if you stop receiving the higher rate mobility component of the DLA
- if your medical condition and mobility improve

It is your responsibility to ensure that your blue badge is current. If you are re-applying for a blue badge you can re-apply up to two months before your current badge is due to expire.

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Can I get a Blue Badge if I have difficulty in carrying shopping?

No. You can only get a blue badge if you have severe difficulties in walking. Problems with carrying parcels or shopping are not part of the qualifying criteria.

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I do not drive, can I have a Blue Badge?

Yes, you do not need to drive or own a vehicle to qualify for a Blue Badge. The badge is for the holder, and can be used in any vehicle they are traveling in.

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 Can I apply for a Blue Badge for a child?

Yes, if the child is over the age of two is unable to walk or has very considerable difficulty in walking because of a permanent and substantial disability; they may be eligible with or without further assessment.

In addition, if your child is under 3 years old you can apply for a badge if he or she has a condition that requires that they are always accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around with the child without great difficulty; or 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 they can be quickly transported to a place where such treatment can be given. 
If you are unsure if your child qualifies for this parking concession please contact your local One Stop Shop for advice.
In these cases a parent or guardian can complete the application on behalf of the child, but the details provided must be those of the child. The badge can only be used when transporting the badge holder (i.e. the child).

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Do I need to collect the badge myself?

Yes, wherever possible. 

This is to reduce the incidence of fraud and ensure that the Blue Badge scheme is workable for those who genuinely qualify.  It is important that we verify your identity before the badge is issued to you.  Individuals are to be seen at least once by One Stop Shop Staff so they can verify your identity etc.  If you have been seen by a member of One Stop Shop staff at least once, i.e. at time of application, then if you are unable to collect your badge yourself you can authorise a family or friend to collect on your behalf as long as they have a letter of authorisation from you and have identification for you and themselves.

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What if I can't get to one of the Council's one stop shops to collect my Blue Badge?

The blue badge scheme is designed to provide severely disabled people with parking concessions, allowing them to visit shops and leisure activities which they may not otherwise be able to access. The blue badge scheme is not aimed at those who are not able to leave their homes as they will not be able to use a car.

However if you consider that you are eligible for a Blue Badge, and there is a reason that you are not able to call to a One Stop Shop to collect it, you should discuss the matter with your One Stop Shop advisor when they call to tell you that your badge is ready for collection.

PLEASE NOTE: Individuals must be seen by a One Stop Shop advisor at least once during the Blue Badge application process.  

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Can someone else make the application for me?

You can get help to complete the application form by phoning the Central Advice & Duty Team on tel. 606 2006, or by calling into a One Stop Shop. You can also get independent advice and support from your local Citizens Advice Bureau or WIRED. A friend or relative can also help you with the application process, but the application form must be signed by you unless he or she has power of attorney. If you have any issues about providing this information please ask the One Stop Shop for advice when making your application.

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How long does it take to issue a Blue Badge?

Blue Badges are no longer issued locally at One Stop Shops, but from a central location.  Once all the required documentation (including photographs) has been received, eligibility has been confirmed and the fee of £10 has been received, the process takes between 2 to 4 weeks for your badge to be issued.

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Can I get a Blue Badge if I am diagnosed as terminally ill?

Each case will be different so we will need to look at individual needs on a case-by-case basis.  However, if you have form DS1500 issued by your doctor or specialist you will be considered to be eligible without any further assessment. 

Badges will be issued for up to 12 months and no fee is payable.  You can contact a One Stop Shop to discuss the matter further. 

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Can a Blue Badge be issued to some one who has an incontinence or psychological/behavioural problem?

Not unless you are in receipt of the Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance on account of your condition or are unable to walk or have considerable difficulty in walking, in addition to your condition.

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My doctor says I qualify for a Blue Badge – why can’t I have one?

The blue badge scheme is administered by the Council on behalf of the Department for Transport and, whilst we may consult your doctor regarding the severity of your condition, the decision as to whether you are eligible for a Blue Badge lies with the Council.

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Can I appeal if I am refused a Blue Badge?

Yes, the first step in the process is to discuss the matter with the One Stop Shop which processed the application. They will try to answer any questions you might have as to why your application has been refused. If you are still not satisfied with the decision you can write, giving your reasons, to the One Stop Shop or the contact name given in your decision letter to request a review of the original decision.

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How long does a blue badge last?

A Blue Badge is issued for a period of up to 3 years. The period of issue of a badge will be linked to the period of receipt of the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance (HRMCDLA) or War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement (WPMS) where that period is less than 3 years. In all other cases the badge will be issued for a period of three years, including where HRMCDLA or WPMS has been granted for life.
Badges for children under the age of two, with specific medical conditions, will expire on the day after their second birthday. After this point they will be required to apply for a Blue Badge in the same fashion as other children over the age of two years.

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My Blue Badge will expire soon, how can I replace it?

You will need to complete a renewal application and provide all the supporting evidence to renew your Blue Badge. You can do this up to 2 months before the expiry of your current badge. This will ensure that there is sufficient time for a new badge to be issued before your current badge expires. You will not receive a reminder from the Council – it is your responsibility to ensure that your badge is valid. Your badge can not be used once it has expired, even if you have made a new application and are waiting for it to be processed.

Please Note: Having a Blue Badge previously does not mean you will automatically be issued with one following your renewal application. Your eligibility will still need to be determined, which may require the production of current documents relating to eligibility criteria or a letter to your GP for further supporting information.

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What do I do if my Blue Badge is lost, stolen, damaged or faded?

If your Blue badge has been lost, stolen damaged or is faded, you will need to complete a Replacement Application Form

If your Blue Badge has been lost or stolen you will need to report it to the police and get a crime or incident number with contract details. 

If your badge has been damaged then bring it along with you to the One Stop Shop when you apply for a replacement. 

The new design of the Blue Badge should reduce the ability of your badge to become damaged.  Do not attempt to correct the information yourself, even when it is faded. If a traffic warden or a police officer sees that the badge has been tampered with it will be confiscated.  Take the badge into any One Stop Shop as a replacement badge will need to be organised. Replacement photographs may be required.

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What should I do if my medical circumstances change?

You should tell us straight away if your medical condition improves or you no longer qualify for the higher rate mobility component of DLA or war pensioners’ mobility supplement.

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Can I be issued with a temporary badge?

No. There is no provision in the scheme to allow a badge to be issued on a temporary basis.

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Can I have more than one badge?

No. The badge is issued to an individual and should be moved to the vehicle they are using at the time. The badge cannot be used by anyone else if the badge holder is not present.

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Where can I park using my Blue Badge?

The badge is not a license to park anywhere. You must obey the traffic rules as laid down by the Highway Code. The leaflet entitled ‘Blue Badge Scheme: rights and responsibilities in England’ which is issued with all badges provides details of where and where not to park.

In England, Blue Badge holders may generally park:

- on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours, unless there is a ban on loading or unloading
- at 'on-street' parking meters and pay-and-display machines for free and for as long as they need to
- in disabled parking bays

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Can I use the Blue Badge outside Wirral? (including the rest of the European Union)

Yes, the Blue Badge is valid within other areas outside Wirral and can be used in the UK and the European Union, but concessions may vary so check with each Council area before you travel.

Please refer to the leaflet ‘The Blue Badge Scheme: rights and responsibilities in England’ which contains travel advice. No reciprocal arrangements exist between the UK and Canada, Australia, New Zealand or the USA.

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Do I need to pay for parking?

While Wirral Council car parks do not charge blue badge holders for parking, it is wise to check on the regulations for parking on other sites where you may still have to pay to park.

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How should I display the Blue Badge?

You must display the badge on the dashboard of the vehicle being used with the badge number and wheelchair symbol showing. The photograph should be unseen, face down on the dashboard. Ensure that the badge is clearly visible from the outside.

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Can my badge be used on any vehicle?

Yes, providing it is being used to provide transport for the badge holder. It cannot be used by another person to run errands for you.

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Can someone else use the badge on my behalf for shopping or to collect my prescriptions?

No, the badge can only be used if you are in the vehicle, being transported, picked up or dropped off.

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What happens if my Blue Badge is misused?

Your badge may be confiscated and you could receive a fine of up to £1000.

Please ensure that you read the leaflet ‘The Blue Badge Scheme: rights and responsibilities in England’ which is provided with your badge. The information it contains includes details of how you can use your badge. Never leave your badge in a car when you are not using it for your transport, always keep it with you for safety.

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Why have I received a parking fine even though I have a Blue Badge?

The badge is not a license to park anywhere. You must obey the traffic rules as laid down by the Highway Code. The leaflet entitled ‘Blue Badge Scheme: rights and responsibilities in England’ which is issued with all badges provides details of where and where not to park.

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What should I do with the badge if someone has died?

The badge should be returned to your nearest one stop shop.

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I have heared that changes are being made to this scheme, is this true?

Local Authorities took responsibility for the Blue Badge Scheme on 1st January 2012. Further details can be found on the Department of Transport website

Find out more information about Blue Badges.

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How can I pay the £10 issue fee?

If your application is successful you will need to pay a badge fee of £10.00 upon collection of your badge.  Payments can be made by cheque, debit or credit cards at all One Stop Shop sites, however cash payments can only be made at Birkenhead One Stop Shop (Conway Centre).

 

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