Disabled Parking Badge
The purpose of the Disabled Parking Badge Scheme is to help those who have a permanent and substantial disability and are unable to walk, or have considerable difficulty in walking, by making it easier for them to park closer to their destination. The applicant may be the driver or passenger. As of 17th December 2015 the Disabled Parking Badge scheme has been extended to include those with cognitive impairments.
Who is eligible?
Anyone over two years old automatically qualifies for a Disabled Parking Badge if they:
- are registered blind
- receive a War Pensioner’s Mobility supplement
- receive the Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance at the Higher Rate (this is NOT Attendance Allowance or the Care Component of Disability Living Allowance).
- receive Personal Independence Payment (PIP) - (PIP available from 8 April 2013 will gradually replace the previous automatic criteria of the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance):
- Mobility Activity 1, descriptor f (12 points) or
- Mobility Activity 2, descriptors c, d, e or f (8 points)
- have received a lump sum benefit from the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme (within tariff levels 1-8) and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking
- Those awarded tariff 6, – Permanent Mental Disorder of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.
If you do not automatically qualify, you may still be entitled to a Disabled Parking Badge if you are over two years old, and you can provide evidence that you:
- have a permanent and substantial disability which means you cannot walk, or walking is very difficult
- drive a motor vehicle regularly and you have a severe disability in both arms, making it very difficult or impossible to operate parking meters
- are unable to plan and follow any journey – this may include people with:
- Alzheimer’s or dementia
- Stroke survivors
- Learning Disabilities
- Mental Health difficulties
- Head injuries
This is not an exhaustive list.
You will not qualify for a badge if:
- You do not meet any of the criteria listed above
- You have a temporary not permanent disability, such as a broken leg.
- You only experience walking problems when carrying objects, such as shopping.
- Your condition does not continuously severely limit your ability to walk for example some people have days when they are more able to walk better than others.