What is the Blue Badge
The Blue Badge Scheme provides people with a PERMANENT and
SUBSTANTIAL disability to travel independently as either a
driver or passenger, by making it easier for them to park closer to
There is no charge for the Blue Badge for persons permanently
resident in Wales, although replacements and organisational badges
do incur a charge of £10.
Who can be considered for a
Under the regulations that govern the Disabled Person`s Blue
Badge Scheme, the eligibility criteria is divided into
two categories these being:
If you are in receipt of one of the following you will
automatically qualify :–
- High Rate Component of Disability Living Allowance.
- War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement.
- Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) - guaranteed
payment under tariffs 1-8 and have been certified as having a
permanent and substantial disability which causes an inability to
walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.
- Registered blind.
If you do not meet any of the above Automatic criteria you may
be considered as follows :-
- Have a permanent and substantial disability which means you
cannot walk or have considerable difficulty in walking and you will
be required to provide independent medical evidence to support
your application. Please do not approach your GP to request any
medical evidence prior to applying.
- Have a severe disability in both upper limbs, regularly drive a
motor vehicle but cannot turn the steering wheel of a motor vehicle
by hand even if it is fitted with a turning knob or unable to
operate or have difficulty in operating parking meters or pay and
display equipment because of severe impairments in both arms.
- Children under the age of three who, due to a specific medical
condition, need to travel with bulky medical equipment or be close
to a vehicle for emergency medical treatment.
You will not qualify for a badge if:
- You do not meet the criteria
- You have a temporary disability, such as a broken leg or
awaiting corrective surgery for lower limb disorders e.g. major
- You experience a psychological disorder that does not cause you
severe discomfort with your walking on a permanent basis.
- 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
able to walk better than others.
How do I apply?
To apply you will need to visit in person at
one of our One Stop Shops at Neath Civic Centre, Pontardawe or Port Talbot Civic Centre.
If you qualify under the AUTOMATIC criteria you need
- Provide proof of identity
- Provide your National Insurance Number
- Provide supporting evidence – e.g. up to date confirmation of
your Higher Rate Mobility Disability Living Allowance entitlement
letter from the Department of Work and Pensions. A copy of this
letter can be obtained by contacting the
DLA Helpline 08457 123456.
- Provide 1 recent photo of yourself although the One Stop
Shops have the facility to take an approved photo for a fee of
£4. If you are providing your own photograph it should be
passport standard and
quality, in colour and taken against a plain background.
Proof of Identity / Address
You will need to verify your identity at the application stage
by providing one document from this list when you visit the
Proof of Identity:-
- Valid Passport (any nationality).
- UK Driving Licence (either photo card or paper licence).
- UK Birth/Adoption Certificate or
Marriage/Divorce/Civil Partnership/Dissolution Certificate.
- National Insurance Card.
Proof of address:-
- Bank / Building Society statements.
- Gas / Electricity / Water / Phone bill.
- Council Tax bill.
- Benefits letter.
What happens when the badge
You will receive a reminder letter near the time the badge is
due to expire inviting you to attend in person to re-apply.
All Badges that have expired need to be returned to either Neath
One Stop Shop, Port Talbot One Stop Shop or Pontardawe One Stop
Lost / Stolen badges
- If your badge has been lost or stolen, you can visit one
of our Council Offices, in person, to re-apply. Please note all
replacement Blue Badge incur a fee of £10.00.
- Please refer to the Automatic/Discretionary criteria listed
above for the information required to support your
- You will also be required to provide confirmation of the loss
of the badge in writing.
You should display your badge in the special wallet provided on
the dashboard of your vehicle where it can be clearly read through
the windscreen with the front of the badge facing upwards.
You should set the time of arrival on the clock and display the
wallet containing the badge on the dashboard of the vehicle.
When no parking concessions are being used,
badges/clocks/wallets should be removed from
Misuse of the Blue Badge
- If you have a badge, it must only be used by you for your
- If a trip/visit/errand is for someone else and you remain in
the vehicle, the badge cannot be used to enable them to
benefit from the concessions.
- You should not let others use the badge on your behalf without
yourself being present, for example if they do your shopping or
collect prescriptions on your behalf.
- The council can confiscate and cancel a badge if the badge
holder or another person misuses it. It is an offence for people
other than the badge holder to take advantage of the parking
concessions provided under the scheme. The maximum fine if someone
is convicted is £1,000 plus any additional penalty for the related
If you think that a Blue Badge issued by this Council is being
misused, you can report the matter
to the Blue Badges service online. Try to get as many details
as possible from the badge on display (serial number, expiry date
etc) to enable the council to investigate and take action if the
badge is shown to have been misused.
Organisational Badges are
issued to Organisations that have vehicles that carry disabled
people who would themselves be eligible for a badge as follows
- Persons receiving the Higher Rate
Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance
- Persons receiving War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement
- Persons entitled to special grant aided adapted vehicle
- Persons who are registered blind
- Persons who have a permanent and substantial disability and are
unable to walk, or have considerable difficulty in walking
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 on
of the following offices :- One Stop Shop at Neath Civic Centre, One Stop Shop, Pontardawe or Port Talbot Civic Centre,
Where relatively few people
meet the eligibility criteria for a badge in the organisation, it
would be preferable for the disabled people themselves to apply for
badges, rather than have one issued to an organisation. This then
allows the holder to use their badge in any vehicle in which they
In all circumstances, badges
will be issued to the organisation or department and not to named
In order to process the
application we will need the following:
- Copy of Tax exemption re DPV or letter of confirmation from
DVLA (if applicable)
- £10 fee (cheques should be made payable to NPTCBC).
It is an offence to take
advantage of the parking concessions provided under the scheme. The
maximum fine if someone is convicted is £1,000 plus any additional
penalty for the related parking offence.
Last Updated: 21.01.2013 at 13:21