What is the blue badge for?
The blue European parking badge allows people with severe walking difficulties to park close to places they wish to visit.
The badge is personal to you and can be used in any vehicle in which you travel either as a driver or a passenger.
Where can I park with a blue badge?
Blue badge holders can park:-
- in any shared use parking bay
- on single or double yellow lines (for up to 3 hours, except where there is a ban on loading or unloading)
- in a disabled parking bay (as long as it is not individually numbered)
Please remember, you must display both your badge and clock to park on yellow lines or in a disabled parking bay.
See also » Where can't I park?
Misuse of blue badges
As part of our commitment to the blue badge scheme, we may issue penalty charge notices to vehicles which are parked incorrectly or appear to be misusing blue badges. In some circumstances, we may relocate vehicles. We may remove a vehicle to our car pound where we believe there is clear evidence of misuse of a blue badge - in such cases, the council may also prosecute the person believed to have misused the badge.
If you receive a penalty charge notice while displaying a blue badge, you have the same rights to challenge the ticket as any other motorist.
Who can apply for a blue badge?
You are automatically entitled to a badge if:
- you receive disability living allowance (higher rate mobility allowance)
- you are registered blind
- you receive a war pensioners’ mobility supplement
- you drive a vehicle regularly, have a severe congenital disability in both arms, and are unable to operate, or have considerable difficulty in operating, all or some types of parking meter.
If you do not meet one of the automatic criteria but you have a permanent and substantial disability that means you have considerable difficulty walking, your eligibility will need to be assessed by us. As discretionary applications require a mobility assessment they may take longer to process.
Blue badges are not issued for temporary conditions.
Only one badge can be issued per person for their personal use in whichever vehicle they travel in.
In certain circumstances where the applicant is unable to sign the application themselves, their photograph and details are required but you can sign the application on their behalf. You will be asked for documents to prove you have the power to do this, eg proof of power of attorney.
How to apply for or renew a blue badge
Download an application form:-
Or contact us to request an application form:-
- 020 8753 6681 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, apart from Thursday 9am to 4pm
You can post your form back to us at:
Accessible Transport Team, h&f direct centre, 1st flr, Hammersmith Town Hall Extension, King Street, Hammersmith W6 9JU.
Or apply in person at the h&f direct centre.
Or apply online at www.gov.uk/apply-blue-badge
From 1 Jan 2012, new, renewed or replaced badges will cost £10. This charge will cover administration, production and postage to the council of the blue badge. Payment will be taken when the badge is collected from the council.
Once your request for a blue badge has been agreed it will take up to two weeks before the badge is available for collection.
You will need to renew your blue badge when your old one expires, we do not automatically send one to to you.
If you move out of the borough you can continue to use your blue badge but we advise you to contact your new borough as soon as possible as they may apply different criteria when assessing blue badge applications.
A blue badge does not entitle the holder to:
- Park where there are loading restrictions. These are shown by yellow markings on the kerbstones. Signs nearby will tell you when the restriction applies.
- Park across a dropped kerb. These are used by prams, wheelchairs and other pedestrians. Blocking them can cause serious difficulties to these people when they try to cross the road.
- Park in front of a crossover. This is an access crossing for vehicles to drive off of the road onto private land.
- Park in a bay marked for other special users. For example doctors bay, market traders bay, motorcycle bay or goods vehicle only.
- Some disabled bays have been designated for use by specific individuals, such bays are individually numbered and blue badges are not valid in these bays.
Displaying your badge
The parking badge and clock must be clearly displayed on your dashboard and not overlap each other. The badge must be displayed with the wheel chair symbol facing up. You should not display the side with your photograph and personal details. You will receive a parking fine if you don’t display your blue badge correctly.
You should keep your badge safely and only display it when you need to use it for parking. Leaving the badge displayed will also cause the writing on the badge to fade which could lead to a fine, and provides an open invitation to thieves. If your badge does fade or is damaged please contact us so we can issue a replacement.
Lost or stolen badges
You should contact us if your badge has been lost or stolen. If your badge has been stolen you should also contact the police. They will give you a crime number which should be quoted when contacting us and we will issue a replacement.
Parking in Macfarlane Road and Hopgood Street
Please note that parking in Macfarlane Road and Hopgood Street in Zone G is restricted to permit holders only.
Blue badge holders who want to park in the permit holder bays in Macfarlane Road and Hopgood Street MUST display both a valid Zone G SMART Visitor Permit (SVP) AND the blue badge but you do not need to activate the SVP.
SVPs are issued to residents in Zone G to allow their visitors to park. They offer pre-paid parking for residents' visitors and usually need to be activated when displayed in a visitors' vehicle.
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Page last updated: 26/09/2014