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The Blue Badge Scheme

 

What is the Blue Badge Scheme and who Qualifies?

The Welsh Government has produced a leaflet called How Do I get a Blue Badge? A Guide for Applicants in Wales which explains who would be entitled to a badge.

The Welsh Government provides an on line Blue Badge eligibility checker on their website.

The Blue Badge Scheme provides a national range of parking concessions to help those who have a PERMANENT and SUBSTANTIAL disability, travel independently as either a driver or passenger, by allowing them to park close to their destination. Blue Badges cannot be issued to customers who have a condition which is of a temporary nature.

Under the regulations that govern the Scheme, the eligibility criteria is divided into two categories :-

  1. Automatic
  2. Discretionary

 

Automatic

You are automatically eligible for a Blue Badge if you meet at least one of the following criteria :-

Discretionary

If you do not meet any of the above Automatic Criteria and you have a Permanent and Substantial Disability you may qualify following an assessment under the Discretionary criteria as follows :-

The Welsh Government recommends that the assessment of eligibility for a Blue Badge now requires the applicant to attend in person to determine how their condition impacts on their mobility/ability to walk. Evidence may be required to support the application from an Independent Healthcare Professional. Please do not approach your GP to request any medical evidence prior to applying. (Any cost involved in obtaining medical evidence will not be compensated by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council).

 

How do I Apply?

Whether you are applying for the first time or renewing a Blue Badge, all applicants will need to attend in person at one of the One Stop Shops in Neath and Port Talbot Civic Centres.

 

Please ensure you bring with you the following information in order to process your application:-

 

If you are applying under the discretionary criteria, you will be informed in most cases on the day you attend whether your application has met the criteria for a Blue Badge. In some cases, we may require additional evidence to support your application, However this will be explained to you at the time.

Blue Badges for successful applicants will be ordered and delivered by 2nd class post to your home address. There are additional postage options available, however Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council will only cover the cost of 2nd class post.

If you are renewing your Blue Badge, this cannot be ordered earlier than 6 weeks before the expiry date of your old badge.

 

Lost or Stolen Blue Badges

If your badge has been lost or stolen, you will need to visit in person one of our One Stop Shops to apply for a replacement Blue Badge, however there is a fee of £10.00.

You may be required to provide:-

If you would like clarification to whether this information is needed before you visit us to replace your Lost or Stolen Blue Badge, please telephone us on 01639 686868 or Email Us

Misuse of the Blue Badge

If you have a Blue Badge, it must only be used when you are the driver of the vehicle or a passenger in it and the journey is for your benefit.

You should not let others use the badge on your behalf without yourself being present, even if they are making a trip on your behalf.

The council can confiscate and cancel a Blue Badge if the badge holder or another person misuses it.

It is an offense to misuse a Blue Badge and the maximum fine if someone is convicted is £1,000 plus any additional penalty for the related parking offences.

If you think that someone is misusing a Blue Badge you can report it by telephoning our Contact Centre on 01639 686868, in person at any one of our One Stop Shops or alternatively complete our Online form- Report Blue Badge Misuse

Children Under the Age of Three

A parent of a child under the age of three may apply for a Blue Badge if their child has a specific medical condition which means that they:

 

Organisational Blue Badge

A Blue Badge may be issued to an Organisation for a Motor Vehicle that is to be used to transport disabled people who have a PERMANENT and SUBSTANTIAL disability and who would themselves be eligible for a Blue Badge.

A badge will be issued to an Organisation if they have vehicles licensed under Disabled Passenger Vehicle (DPV) taxation class.

The application must be made in person by the Manager/Deputy Manager of the Organisation at one of the One Stop Shops.

In order to process the application for an Organisational Blue Badge we will need the following:

Useful Links:

Department of Transport.

Department of Working Pensions.

Disabled Motoring UK

Welsh Assembly Government.

 


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Last Updated: 01.10.2014 at 10:10

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