Overview

The blue badge scheme supports those with a disability to lead independent lives. The badge provides parking concessions for on-street parking, allowing badge holders to park close to where they need to go. 

Our responsibilities

Transport Scotland is responsible for the legislation which sets out the framework for the scheme and provides support to local authorities to help them deliver the scheme.

Local Authorities are responsible for administering the scheme, assessment and issuing blue badges to eligible applicants as well as enforcement.

Blue badge users

Information for blue badge users and the public, including how to check your eligibility and apply for your blue badge, is available at the mygov.scot website. 

There you will also find information on:

Local Authority information

Transport Scotland provides guidance to Local Authority staff on administering the blue badge scheme. We don’t intervene in individual cases.

Local authority staff are invited to email bluebadge@transport.gov.scot to receive communications from Transport Scotland.

Local Authority staff can share experiences, pose questions and seek guidance on the administration of the blue badge scheme from other local authorities at the Knowledge Hub.

Welfare reform

In April 2013, the blue badge eligibility criteria was extended as a result of the UK Government's welfare reforms and the introduction of Personal Independence Payment (PIP). Blue badge holders who move from Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (HRMCDLA) to PIP and new recipients of PIP will need to meet the eligibility criteria in The Welfare Reform (Consequential Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2013 to passport automatically to a blue badge.

In June 2014, the blue badge eligibility criteria was further extended. The Disabled Persons (Badges for Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2014 introduces two new eligibility criteria for a blue badge, covering people who were in receipt of HRMC DLA, but who no longer get that award due to being assessed. The first new criteria applies to those who do not receive PIP at a rate to passport, and who have challenged that decision with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The second new eligibility criteria ensures that those who were in receipt of a ‘lifetime’ or ‘indefinite’ HRMC DLA award will retain passporting entitlement to a blue badge. Provision is also made to allow a blue badge to be issued against an extended HRMC DLA award under the existing HRMC DLA passporting arrangement of the scheme. Further information is available on this information note.

Enforcement powers

The Disabled Person’s Parking Badges (Scotland) Act 2014 strengthens enforcement powers for local authorities when dealing with blue badge misuse. 

In summary, the provisions:

  • allow confiscation of blue badges which are no longer valid or are being misused by third parties
  • provide a power for local authorities to cancel a blue badge which is no longer in the possession of the holder, for example where it has been reported as lost or stolen
  • make it an offence to use a cancelled badge or one which should have been returned to the issuing local authority under the blue badge regulations
  • allow local authorities to use plain clothes officers carrying identification and authorisation to inspect and confiscate badges 
  • introduce a requirement for local authorities to have a review process in place for applicants who have been refused a blue badge; and
  • provide that some elements of the blue badge specification can be set administratively by Scottish Ministers rather than being prescribed in regulations.

Risk in traffic eligibility criteria

The Blue Badge Scheme is extended on a pilot basis to some people who as a result of a diagnosed mental condition, have no awareness of danger from traffic and are likely to compromise their safety, or the safety of others.

To apply, contact your local authority directly for an application form.

This reflects the recommendations of a Working Group, made up from representatives of disability organisations, local authorities and healthcare professionals which was set up in 2016 to consider how best to extend the scheme to these groups.