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Blue Badge Scheme

Blue Badges help drivers or passengers park close to your destination

  • They are intended for on-street parking only
  • Off-street car parks, such as those provided in local authority, hospital or supermarket car parks are governed by separate rules
  • You must use Blue Badges properly
  • They, and any concessions, are for your use only
  • It is a criminal offence for you or anyone else to misuse the badge, and doing so could lead to a £1,000 fine
  • Making sure that the scheme is not abused will benefit genuine badge holders, such as yourself

If using the parking concessions as a passenger, it is your responsibility to ensure the driver is aware of the rules in the leaflet issued with your badge.

The badge is for your use and benefit only. It must only be displayed if:

  • You are travelling in the vehicle as a driver or passenger
  • Someone is collecting you or dropping you off and needs to park at the place where you are being collected or dropped

Do not allow other people to use the badge to do something on your behalf, such as shopping or collecting something for you, unless you are travelling with them.

Never give the badge to friends or family to allow them to park for free, even if they are visiting you.

Do not use the badge to allow non-disabled people to take advantage of the benefits while you sit in the car. Although it is not illegal for a badge holder, or a non-disabled person waiting for the badge holder to return, to remain in the vehicle while the Blue Badge is displayed, consideration should be given to using a car park whenever possible.

It is a criminal offence to misuse a badge. This includes people other than the badge holder taking advantage of the parking concessions provided under the scheme.

You are eligible if you:

  • receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance
  • receive a War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement
  • use a motor vehicle supplied for disabled people by a Government health department
  • are registered blind (severely sight impaired)
  • have received certain lump sum benefits under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme
  • have a severe disability in both upper limbs, regularly drive a motor vehicle but cannot turn the steering wheel by hand, even if that wheel is fitted with a turning knob
  • have a permanent and substantial disability which means you are unable to, or have very considerable difficulty when you, walk

Department for Transport Information Leaflet

  • Organisations caring for disabled people meeting the above criteria may be able to get a badge, but this is entirely at our discretion.

Evidence of Eligibility and Residence

You will need to provide evidence of eligibility and residence to us when you apply.

The Gov.UK online application form allows you to upload a photograph.

There are a number of ways you can apply by:

  • Using the Blue Badge Individual Application form 
  • Requesting an application pack by phone from the Contact Centre on 01744 676789
  • Calling in to the Contact Centre at Wesley House, Corporation Street, St Helens. WA10 1HF
  • Applying online at Gov.UK - Please ensure that the online form is completed in full

Return your application form with your photographic and residential evidence to us, or you can upload the information if you apply online.

Organisations can apply using the Blue Badge Organisational Application Form.

For children under the age of 3 please use the Child Under 3 Application Form

A blue badge costs £10, payable only when a badge has been approved and collected.

Payments can be made by the following methods:

  • Debit or credit card at Wesley House reception desk
  • Cash at Wesley House reception desk

This charge covers administration and badge production.

You will need to provide a photograph for:

  • Online applications - a digital photograph of themselves can be uploaded - providing it meets their specifications
  • In person applications - photographs may be brought in to Wesley House Reception where we will scan them, in readiness to attach to your application

Badge Production

Badges are produced centrally by a National Blue Badge system via the Department for Transport.

Badge Delivery

  • Once your application has been approved, we will update the central Blue Badge database, and your badge will be scheduled for production
  • A badge will normally be delivered to St. Helens Council by 2nd class post within 5 working days
  • Once your badge has been delivered to us, we will contact you so you can call in to collect it in person
  • On collection you must confirm your identity and pay the £10.00 fee for the badge
  • In exceptional circumstances we will arrange for your badge to be delivered directly to your home address. Please ask one of our advisers for more details

There is no legal requirement for local authorities to have an appeals procedure in place, however if you are unhappy with the outcome of your application you can request a "Review of Decision" explaining why you think the decision should be changed.  You will need to provide further evidence to support your application.

This would then be dealt with by the Service Manager, who will review the case and the initial decision.

Local Authorities are now empowered to check the validity of badges in use around the country.

One Blue Badge Holders car park is located in Claughton Street, at the side of the Wilkinson's store.

We administer and enforce the Blue Badge Scheme

You should always tell us if your circumstances change, such as when

  • The badge needs to be renewed
  • The badge is lost, stolen or damaged
  • You change address
  • Your surname changes, for example when you marry