SB Connect Winter 2016

Blue badge reform

The Scottish Government is in the process of reforming the Blue Badge scheme. There have been some changes made to the eligibility criteria which came into effect in April 2011.

Who qualifies?

You automatically qualify for a badge if you are over two-years old and meet one of the following criteria:

  • receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance
  • receive a War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement
  • are registered blind
  • receive an award under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.

You may also qualify for a badge if you are over two years old and meet one of the following criteria:

  • you have a permanent and substantial disability which means you are unable to walk, or virtually unable to walk
  • you are unable to walk, or virtually unable to walk because of a temporary but substantial disability which is likely to last for a period of at least 12 months but less than three years
  • if you drive regularly, have a severe disability in both upper limbs, and are unable to operate, or have considerable difficulty in operating, all or some types of parking meter.

Children under three

A parent of a child who is aged less than three years old may apply for a badge for their child, if the child:

  • has a condition which requires specific medical equipment, which means they must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around without great difficulty; or
  • needs to be kept near a vehicle at all times so that they can, if necessary, be treated in the vehicle or quickly driven to a place where they can be treated, such as a hospital.

 

For more information, call the Council’s Customer Services on 0300 100 1800.