Due to the current situation, mobility assessments for blue badges and freedom passes are suspended. This means that applicants applying under the non automatic criteria will experience significant delays in their applications.
If you apply for the renewal of an existing blue badge or freedom pass, they will be reissued for a time limited period of 1 year only and reviewed at a later date. Some new applicants may be issued a pass or badge in the same way.
If you qualify for a blue badge or freedom pass under the automatic criterion, we will continue to issue these applications, however, you may experience some delays.
Hackney Council is providing penalty charge exemptions for blue badge holders with an expiry date between January 2020 to September 2020. This is to allow for greater flexibility within the system for badge holders during the coronavirus pandemic.
There’s increased demand for community equipment to support people who have been discharged from hospital to free up beds, due to coronavirus outbreak.
We are asking all Hackney residents to return any equipment that is no longer used or wanted such as:
- hospital beds and mattresses
- chairs and seating
You can help by contacting Millbrook Healthcare Ltd on 0333 241 2510 or email@example.com.
All Blue Badge applications are now completed via gov.uk.
Apply or renew your Blue Badge
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Where can I park with my Blue Badge?
Fraud and misuse
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. It 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.
If you suspect someone’s misusing a badge or using one fraudulently, please email email@example.com 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.