The Blue Badge Scheme is a national scheme for drivers or passengers who have severe mobility problems. The scheme allows Blue Badge holders to park close to where they need to go. The scheme also applies to people who are registered blind.
In the Dudley borough the council administers the Blue Badge Scheme on behalf of the Department for Transport.
Certain people qualify automatically for a blue badge, whilst others may be subject to further assessment. If none of the criteria below apply to you, then you may be subject to further assessment:
- you receive the 'Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance';
- you meet a "Moving Around" descriptor for the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP);
- you are severely sight-impaired (blind);
- you receive the War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement;
- you receive a benefit under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme.
If you DO NOT meet any of the above criteria you are in the category "subject to further assessment". To apply for a new blue badge or to renew an existing badge you will need to complete an application form. This can be done online or a form can be requested from Dudley MBC in person or over the telephone.
When we have received your application form we will undertake a screening process to assess your eligibility for a blue badge. This will result in one of three possible outcomes: your application is approved; your application is unsuccessful; you are asked to undergo an independent mobility assessment (IMA). If your application is approved, we will contact you to arrange a time when you can visit our office to have your photograph taken and to bring in proof of your identity (examples of acceptable proof are included with the application form). If you need to attend our office for an IMA we will contact you to advise of the date and time. The IMA will be carried out by a qualified assessor who will consider how your medical conditions affect your ability to walk. If you need to attend an IMA you will be asked to bring to the appointment any mobility equipment which you normally use to assist with walking.
If you have a disability in both arms which means that you are unable to operate, or have considerable difficulty in operating a parking meter or pay and display machine due to your upper limb disability, you may qualify for a badge without needing to undergo an IMA. You will need to show that you drive a vehicle regularly, that you have a severe disability in both arms and that you are unable to operate, or have considerable difficulty operating, some or all types of on-street parking equipment. You will need to satisfy all three conditions above in order to obtain a badge.
If you are applying on behalf of a child aged under three who: (a) has a condition requiring transportation of bulky medical equipment at all times; or (b) suffers from a medical condition which requires that they must be always kept near a motor vehicle so that they can, if necessary, be treated for that condition in the vehicle or be taken quickly in the vehicle to a place where they can be treated; then your child may be eligible for a blue badge without needing to undergo an IMA, as long as you can provide written evidence from a healthcare professional who has been involved in your child's treatment, giving details of their medical condition, the impact that this has had upon their mobility, and the type of medical equipment which they need.
Once you have attended the office, had your photograph taken and made payment, our staff will order your blue badge. Badges are issued in a similar way to passports and are ordered and sent out from a central location. For non-automatic applications, please allow a minimum of eight weeks for your application to be processed, your IMA to be booked and attended, and your badge to be ordered.
NB we are not able to issue temporary blue badges to people who are recuperating from surgery and who are finding that their mobility is temporarily affected. Blue badges can only be issued to people who have severe mobility problems caused by a permanent and substantial disability.
The Blue Badge Team is a Community Information Point.