Blue badges

If you've got severe walking or sight problems, a Blue Badge can help you park close to wherever you're going.

You must have a permanent and substantial physical walking disability or have a registrable severe sight impairment. Some applications can be considered on discretionary grounds.

You can apply if you're a driver, or if you travel as a passenger.

The new 'hidden disability' criteria isn't in force yet, so won't be considered at this time.

Am I eligible?

You're automatically eligible for a Blue Badge if:

  • you're eligible to be registered as severely sight impaired

or if you're getting:

  • the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
  • a Personal Independence Payment Mobility Component and you have a 'moving around' score of 8 or higher
  • a War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement

or

  • if you've received a lump sum benefit from the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme (tariffs 1-8) and are certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty walking

You might be eligible if you're:

  • unable to walk, or have considerable difficulty in walking
  • severely disabled in both arms so can't operate parking meters
  • terminally ill with a progressive disease

or if you have a child under 3 with a medical condition who needs to be near a vehicle at all times so that:

  • they can be treated in the vehicle
  • they can be quickly driven to receive treatment
  • they can travel with bulky medical equipment

Please check you're eligible before you apply.

Apply or renew your Blue Badge

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You'll need to upload:

  • a passport sized photo
  • proof of address
  • proof of identity

Please send your supporting documents and tracking reference number to mobilityteam@hackney.gov.uk once your application's complete.

Once we've received all your documents, it can take around 6 to 8 weeks to process your application. If you're renewing, you should submit your application at least 2 months before your badge is due to expire.

Hidden disabilities

In 2018 the Department for Transport (DfT) announced plans to make people with 'hidden disabilities' eligible for Blue Badges. This is where a person has difficulties with mobility aside from physical causes, for example, if they can't make a journey without 'a risk of serious harm to health or safety' or where journeys cause 'considerable psychological distress'.

The DfT is consulting on these changes. We're expecting the changes to happen in 2019 but haven't been informed of a date. 

Submitting your supporting information

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

DLA - a full copy of current entitlement letter. For indefinite awards the entitlement letter needs to be dated within the last 12 months. If you do not have a copy of a valid award letter you must contact the DWP.

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)A current PIP entitlement letter showing an award of 8 or more points for the 'moving around' mobility activity. If you have less than 12 months of entitlement left, please provide an award letter dated within the last 12 months. If you do not have a copy of a valid award letter you must contact the DWP
War pensioner's mobility supplement

Current letter of entitlement or Armed Forces and Reserve Forces compensation scheme (within tariff levels 1 to 8 inclusive) certified by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA) as having a permanent and substantial impairment: inability to walk or very considerable difficulty walking

Registered blindCopy of Certificate of Visual Impairment or BD8 certificate showing severely sight impaired or blind

Severe upper limb disability of both arms

Medical evidence of disability and evidence of how the car has been adapted if applicable

Severe walking disabilitySupporting evidence of walking difficulties and the underlying medical conditions causing these problems
Children under 3 years oldSupporting evidence of medical condition/s which mean that applicant needs to be near a vehicle at all times so they can be treated in the vehicle/ quickly driven to receive treatment, or they always need to travel with bulky medical equipment
Terminal illnessDS1500 form completed by your doctor

Where you can park and when you should display the clock

 Blue BadgeCompanion badge
On street pay and display baysYes. You don't need to display the clock and there's no time limit.Yes. You don't need to display the clock and there's no time limit.
Combined pay and display/permit holder baysYes. You don't need to display the clock and there's no time limit.Yes. You need to display the clock outside of your home CPZ. There's no time limit.
Disabled baysYes. You don't need to display the clock unless the sign shows a time limit.Yes. You need to display the clock outside of your home CPZ or if the sign shows a time limit.
Single and double yellow lines (where allowed)Yes, for up to three hours. You must display the clock.

You can park on yellow lines unless there is a ban on loading and unloading or you are causing an obstruction. Once you've left, you can't return to the same road for an hour.

Yes for up to three hours. You must display the clock.

You can park on yellow lines unless there is a ban on loading and unloading or you are causing an obstruction. Once you've left, you can't return to the same road for an hour.

Permit holder only baysNo.No.
Resident permit holder only bays (home CPZ only)No.Yes (no clock needed) - no time limit.
Business bays, doctors' bays, red routes, suspended baysNo.No.
Housing estatesContact the estate to find out where you can park.Contact the estate to find out where you can park.

Fraud and misuse

We take Blue Badge fraud and misuse very seriously. The badge is for the badge holder only - it's a criminal offence to let anyone else use it when you're not in the car. The badge must only be used when the person it belongs to is in the vehicle.

You must not let people use your badge on your behalf unless you're with them, even for things like shopping or collecting parcels for you. We investigate and prosecute Blue Badge misuse and fraud. If you're found guilty of misusing a Blue Badge you could be fined up to £1,000.

If your Blue Badge is confiscated, it will only be returned following a full investigation and can take up to 3 months. You'll need to provide a written statement of the incident, proof of ID and address.

If you're in any doubt about when and how you can use your blue badge, call us on 020 8356 6262.

Report misuse

If you suspect someone's misusing a badge or using one fraudulently, please email bluebadgefraudteam@hackney.gov.uk or call 0208 356 8866. All calls are confidential.

What should I do if my Blue Badge is stolen?

If your Blue Badge is stolen, you should report the theft to the police immediately, then contact the Council on 020 8356 6262. You should quote the crime reference number or crime report number when you request a replacement. You will need to provide proof of ID, address and a written statement of the incident. 

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Page updated: 21/05/2019 11:24:15