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:
- a driver or a passenger for street parking
- in disabled bays in council or private car parks for which there may be a charge.
You automatically qualify for a Blue badge if you:
- get the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
- are registered blind
- get a War Pension Mobility Supplement or have been assessed as having a permanent & substantial disability by the Service Personnel & Veterans Agency (SPVA) & been awarded a benefit under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS)
- have a vehicle supplied under the Motability Scheme
- regularly drive but have a disability in both arms and cannot turn the steering wheel by hand or cannot use a parking meter.
You may qualify if you:
- cannot walk far because you have a permanent disability
- have a child under 3 who needs bulky medical equipment or treatment
- are an organisation that transports disabled people.
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.
Information on where to park can be found on the where Blue Badge holders can park webpage.
For more information about eligibility, how to apply and more frequently asked questions select your local authority below:
Bournemouth Borough Council Blue Badge webpage.
Borough of Poole Blue Badge webpage.