Have you got your blue badge yet?
Starting tomorrow, the government will expand the blue badge scheme to include a whole host of invisible illnesses, meaning thousands more people will be able to register to get themselves a blue badge. In a press release, the government wrote that the criteria for blue badges will be extended to those who:
- cannot undertake a journey without there being a risk of serious harm to their health or safety or that of any other person (such as young children with autism)
- cannot undertake a journey without it causing them very considerable psychological distress
- have very considerable difficulty when walking (both the physical act and experience of walking)
If you’ve never applied for a blue badge, here’s our guide on how to go through the process.
There’s a few things you’ll need to send over with your application, which can be completed by yourself or on behalf of someone else over on the MyGov website. There’s also an eligibility checker there that’ll tell you how long it’ll take your specific council to get your badge to you, and what it should cost you. You’ll need to provide proof of identity and proof of address, but don’t worry – the application suggests you can take a photograph of your passport or driver’s license as proof. You will also need proof of any medical conditions, so remember to include any correspondence from medical professionals which refers to the appropriate medical condition.
Don’t Fall For It
Much like Radar keys, there’s only one official source for blue badges. Don’t get sucked in by scammers offering you a blue badge for a reduced price or faster delivery, because it’s not official. The only place to get one is on the government’s website, so make sure you go straight to the source for anything to do with your blue badge.
Don’t Be Disheartened
The process can take some time, but if you end up not being accepted for a blue badge, don’t panic. Your local council – who issue the badges – will give you a reason for your application being turned down, and you can always appeal against it if you think it’s unfair. If you’re stuck and not sure how to proceed, the best people to ask for help are Citizens Advice; they can help you in your appeal process.