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Birmingham City Council

Parking For Blue Badge Holders

The Blue Badge scheme is for drivers or passengers with severe mobility problems. The scheme allows Blue Badge holders to park close to where they need to go. The scheme does not apply to off-street car parking.

Eligibility

Blue Badges can be provided for children of three years of age and over, and for adults of any age.
To qualify you should be a resident of Birmingham and meet one of the following criteria:
  • Receive the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Receive an Armed Forces Compensation Scheme award
  • Be a registered blind person
  • Have very severe difficulty in walking
  • Be a regular driver of a vehicle but be unable to turn the steering wheel by hand because of very severe upper limb disabilities.

Standards

We are committed to providing a high quality service to all applicants and badge holders. Specifically, we will:

  • Send out an application form within 24 hours of an enquiry
  • Notify you within four weeks of receipt of the application if you qualify for a Blue Badge
  • Send out a renewal form no less than four weeks before the badge is due to expire (badges are issued for three years)

Charges

A maximum payment of £2 is required when collecting your Blue Badge from a Post Office.

You can apply by post using this link.

Where you may park

You may park using your Blue Badge in the following locations:

Designated Disabled Parking Bays

  • Nearside Parking Bays (passenger side nearest the kerb)
    Nearside parking bays allow passengers with a disability to get out of a vehicle onto the pavement.
  • Offside Parking Bays (driver's side nearest the kerb)
    Offside bays cater for drivers with a disability, who can travel independently, and get in and out of a vehicle on the driver's side.

Pay and Display Parking Bays

Pay and Display on-street parking bays are available with nearside/offside parking. If you display your Blue Badge you do not have to pay to park.

Parking on Yellow Lines
Nearside/offside parking for Blue Badge holders is allowed on yellow lines as long as:

  • you do not cause an obstruction,
  • there are no loading restrictions, and
  • you do not park for longer than 3 hours.

There is a map below giving details of available parking spaces and other useful information for blue badge holders.

Where you must not park

The Blue Badge is not a licence to park anywhere. You must NOT park during the time a ban on loading or unloading is in force (normally indicated by one or two yellow marks on the kerb at the times shown on post mounted plates).

However, in pedestrian areas, waiting and loading restrictions may be in force even where there are no yellow lines shown on the road or kerb. Details of any restrictions in force will be shown on plates displayed at the kerb side of the road. You must NOT park in the following places:

  • where there are double white lines in the centre of the road even if one of the lines is broken,
  • in a bus or tram lane during its hours of operation
  • in a cycle lane
  • on any clearway, double or single red lines during their hours of operation
  • on all pedestrian crossings - including Zebra, Pelican, Toucan and Puffin crossings
  • on zig-zag markings before and after Zebra, Pelican, Toucan and Puffin crossings
  • in parking places reserved for specific users, eg loading bays, taxis, cycles
  • where temporary restrictions on parking are in force along a length of road eg as indicated by no-waiting cones
  • on a residentsparking bay, unless there are signs showing that you may do so, or you have checked with the local authority Highways Department that you may do so
  • in suspended Pay and Display meter bays or when use of the meter or bay is prohibited
  • on school eep clearmarkings during the hours shown on a yellow no- stopping plate

You must NOT park where it would be obstructive or cause a danger to others. The following are likely examples:

  • at school entrances, bus stops, on a bend, or near the brow of a hill or hump bridge
  • where it would make it difficult for others to see clearly, eg close to a junction
  • where it would make the road narrow, eg by a traffic island or where road work is in progress
  • where it would hold up traffic, eg in narrow stretches of road or blocking vehicle entrances
  • where emergency vehicles stop or go in and out, eg hospital entrances
  • where the kerb has been lowered or the road raised to form a pedestrian crossing
  • on a pavement unless signs permit it

Changes to the Blue Badge scheme

The Government announced on 14 February 2011 a major programme of reforms to the Blue Badge scheme. The reform programme has been developed in consultation with disabled people, local authorities and other stakeholders and on the basis of research and economic analysis.

On 17 June 2011 the blue badge eligibility criteria was extended nationally to more disabled children between the ages of 2 and 3. Continuous automatic entitlement was also extended to certain disabled service personnel and veterans.

From the 1 January 2012 other changes to the blue badge scheme will be implemented. Here are some changes that will affect everyone nationally:

  • All new Blue Badges will be printed and supplied by one company
  • There will be a new, harder to forge, badge design
  • There will be a new on-line application process
  • Local authorities will have to pay a fee for each Blue Badge of £4.60 (excluding VAT).

The Department for Transport plans to increase the maximum fee that local authorities can charge users for their Blue Car Badge from £2 to £10. This is the first increase since 1983.

The Department for Transports website has more information on the Blue Badge reform including the Department for Transports equalities impact assessment and answers to some frequently asked questions.

If you would like more information about parking for Blue Badge holders in the Birmingham area please call 0121 303 6644

If you would like information about applying for a Blue Badge please call 0121 303 1234