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

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 so you don’t have to pay the charge. However, you will have to make a one-off payment of £10 for this discount.

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.

We are currently updating our financial information following the March 2015 budget announcement. For the most up-to-date information, please contact us on 0808 808 00 00.

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