The Blue Badge Scheme

Blue Badge Scheme

This scheme provides parking concessions for people with severe mobility problems who have problems using public transport. The badge allows holders to park close to where they need to go.

To apply for a badge, contact your local authority. Your healthcare professional or a welfare rights adviser may be able to help you fill out the application forms.

There are special badge schemes for people with restricted mobility who live, study or work in areas where the Blue Badge Scheme doesn’t apply. In London, there’s a green badge for Camden, red for the City of London, purple for Kensington and Chelsea, and white for Westminster.

Northern Ireland

To apply for a badge, contact the Blue Badge Unit on 0300 200 7818 or visit roadsni.gov.uk

Your healthcare professional or a benefits adviser may be able to help you fill in the application form.

London congestion charge

There’s a charge to travel within the congestion charging zone in central London at certain times. If you have a Blue Badge, you can register for a 100% discount so you won’t have to pay the charge. However, you will have to make a one-off payment of £10 for this discount.

If you’re assessed by a clinician (eg your cancer doctor or nurse) as too ill to travel on public transport to an appointment, you may be eligible to claim back the congestion charge from the hospital you’re being treated at.

It’s important that you keep your receipt to show you’ve paid the congestion charge, so you can claim your refund. For more information, call 0845 900 1234, textphone 0207 649 9123 or visit tfl.gov.uk/congestioncharging

Tunnels, bridges and toll roads

Blue Badge holders and other disabled people pay a reduced rate or no fee at some river crossings, bridges and tunnels. In most cases, you have to apply in advance to get a concession. Toll concessions can change, so check before you travel. Contact your local authority for advice.

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Travel to and parking at hospital

You may be able to get help with your travel costs to and from hospital for treatment.

Public and local transport

You may be eligible for special travel rates or community transport services in your area.

The Motability Scheme

You may qualify for schemes that help you buy or rent a car, scooter or powered wheelchair.