The Blue Badge Scheme

Blue Badge Scheme

If you have problems with mobility and using public transport, you may be able to get a Blue Badge. The Blue Badge allows you to park in parking spaces that are closer to where you need to go. It lets you park for free in some private car parks, such as in hospitals or supermarkets. Certain parking restrictions will still apply.

To apply for a badge, contact your local council. 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 is a green badge for Camden, red for the City of London, purple for Kensington and Chelsea, and white for Westminster.

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 discount. Toll discounts can change, so check before you travel. Contact your local council for advice.

London congestion charge

There is a charge to travel within central London at certain times. If you have a Blue Badge, you don’t have to pay the charge. However, you will have to make a one-off payment of £10 to register for this discount.

If you need to pay the Congestion Charge to get to a medical appointment, you may be able to claim this money back from the hospital. A clinician, such as your cancer doctor or nurse, would need to confirm you are too ill to travel on public transport. It’s important that you keep your receipt to show you have paid the Congestion Charge, so you can claim your refund.

For more information, call 0343 222 2222, textphone 0207 649 9123 or visit tfl.gov.uk/congestioncharging.

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Travelling to hospital

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

Car and driving costs

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