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Blue Badges help you to park close to where you are going if you are blind, cannot walk far or are unable to use parking meters. You can use your Blue Badge if you are:
Central Government announced a reform programme for blue badges in February 2011. The aims of this included ensuring fair allocation of badges, improving customer services, reducing fraud levels and delivering efficiency savings.
What does this mean?
Further details on the Reform of the Blue Badge scheme can be found on the Department for Transport website|.
Applying for and renewing a Blue Badge|
Who Blue Badges are for|
Using a Blue Badge|
If your details change|
Blue Badge problems|
Misuse of a Blue Badge|
Contact the Blue Badge Team|
You automatically qualify for a Blue badge if you:
You may qualify if you:
You will not qualify if you have a mental illness, learning difficulties or behavioural problems unless this gives you permanent difficulty in walking.
The Department of Transport leaflet Can I get a Blue Badge?| tells you more.
You do not need to be registered as disabled to apply for a Blue Badge. However, you must meet the criteria to apply.
No, Blue Badges are only issued for permanent disabilities.
Blue badge applications are an easy process which can be done yourself, at no cost, without the need to go through any third party agency.
We fast track your application if you are terminally ill.
You can only apply through your GP, specialist community nurse or palliative care nurse.
We do not need a photo, signature or fee for these applications.
The organisation must provide transport for people who would qualify individually.
A Blue Badge is normally valid for three years. Please ensure that you submit your renewal application at least 4 weeks before the badge is due to expire.
If you move please let us know| to make sure we use the correct address.
There is a charge of £10 for the Blue Badge. You may also pay £1 for a disabled sticker for the rear window of your vehicle if you choose.
You can use your Blue Badge when travelling in a vehicle as the driver or a passenger.
No family member, friend or neighbour can use your badge unless you are travelling with them in a vehicle at the time.
You can use your Blue Badge anywhere in the European Union. How they are used varies from country to country.
The Department of Transport's website tells you about the rights and responsibilities of Blue Badge users in England. |
Find out more about using your Blue Badge outside the European Union.|
Directgov's interactive Blue Badge map| shows Blue Badge parking bays in the UK, local council parking rules, accessible public toilets, and much more.
You can also find out more about parking in Bournemouth for Blue Badge| holders on our website.
Free parking is not automatic for Blue Badge holders.
We recommend you check signs in each car park.
Display your badge on the dashboard of the vehicle. The badge must be clear to see. It should show the side with the wheelchair symbol and the expiry date.
Let us know| your new address as soon as you can. We can change our records to make sure we send your renewal reminder to your new address.
Let us know| your new address. Your badge remains valid until the expiry date. When it expires you need to re-apply to the council in the area you have moved to.
Let us know| the name and address of the badge holder and the date of death. You should also return the badge. We can then make sure no further correspondence is sent.
One of the conditions of having a Blue Badge is that you inform us of any changes to your mobility. If your mobility improves, please write to us| and return the badge.
Write to us| to return the badge and tell us why it is no longer required.
Report a lost or stolen Blue Badge and/or clock to the police. They give you a lost property or crime number.
Then write to us| to let us know:
There is a £10 replacement fee for lost or stolen badges.
You must not use an out-of-date badge.Please ensure that you submit your renewal application at least 4 weeks before the badge is due to expire
Phone us 01202 458744 for a replacement. There is a £1 charge.
To appeal against the parking ticket contact the parking services section that issued it.
Their details will be printed on the Penalty Charge Notice.
Let us know if you think a Blue Badge is not being used correctly. You do not need to give your name if you prefer not to. We will look into the misuse and take any action that is needed. Please tell us:
Phone: 01202 458744
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org |
Blue Badge Team, Customer Services Centre, St Stephen's Road
Bournemouth, BH2 6EB
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