The aim of the scheme is to help disabled people with severe mobility problems to access goods and services, by allowing them to park close to their destination. The scheme is open to eligible disabled people irrespective of whether they are travelling as a driver or as a passenger.
There is a charge of £10.00 for the issuing of a Blue Badge. The charge will cover new applications, renewals and lost and stolen badges (on receipt of a crime number a replacement for a stolen badge will be £5.00). The 'life' of a badge will normally be three years and will need renewing after this period.
The scheme provides a national range of on-street parking concessions although these concessions may differ slightly throughout the country. It is therefore important that the driver, when parking, always checks the parking restriction in place and whether the blue disabled badge allows them to enjoy an exemption from the restriction.
The Blue Badge scheme is recognised across the European Union Governments but travellers to these countries should check what local arrangements are in place as they may vary in detail.
Further guidance is available in the The Blue Badge scheme: rights and responsibilities in England document.
If you live in Derbyshire but not in the city of Derby please visit the Derbyshire County Council website for details of their Blue Badge scheme.
You can check Blue Badge eligibility online.
You can also apply online. Please note: Directgov's online Blue Badge online application form needs slightly different information and documents to our application forms.
You can get a Blue Badge if you:
You may also be entitled to a Blue Badge, following an assessment, if you:
Also, children under three years old may be eligible for a badge if they fall within either or both of the following descriptions...
Blue Badges can be applied for on an individual basis for disabled people who meet the above criteria, but this is entirely at our discretion.
Unless there are specific reasons, we are no longer issuing Blue Badges to organisations. Our advice is; the disabled people being transported should use their own individual Blue Badge in the vehicle. Although the issuing of a Blue Badge is at our discretion, organisations may specify why they should be considered for a Blue Badge, by writing to:The Blue Badge Administration Team
You can apply for a Blue Badge Application Form either for yourself, or on behalf of a child by:
If you have changed your address since your current Blue Badge was issued please contact us by:
Please note - the rules about eligibility for a Blue Badge have changed considerably. Even if you have been issued with a Blue Badge in the past, this does not mean that you will be able to get one again.
If your Blue Badge has been lost or stolen, please complete our Blue badge replacement application form for lost, stolen or damaged cardsIf you cannot download an application form, contact us and we will send you one.
A replacement Blue Badge will be considered once we have made enquiries and validated details of your previous Blue Badge. Your replacement Blue Badge will be issued with the same expiry date as your lost or stolen Blue Badge.
We do not accept responsibility for any expenses you may incur as a result of you not having your Blue Badge for a period of time.
The decision to issue or refuse a replacement Blue Badge rests solely with Derby City Council. If you provide a crime number, for a stolen Blue Badge the charge for a replacement will be £5.00.
Please complete and return the Blue badge no longer required application form for a person who was issued a Blue Badge who:
If you live in Derbyshire but not in Derby City please visit the Derbyshire County Council website for details of their Blue Badge scheme.
If your application meets the eligibility criteria and you have provided the evidence as stated on the application form, you will be notified in writing or by email that your application has been successful and how to make a payment.
If you need to check the progress of your application you can complete the Blue Badge - application progress form.
If your application form does not meet the eligibility criteria you may receive a phone call from us for more information. This will help us to determine whether or not you will be awarded a Blue Badge. At this time you will not be notified of the decision. You will receive notification in writing or by email, whether your application has been successful or not.
If you are unsuccessful, you may request a review. This requires you to undertake a mobility assessment with an Occupational Therapist, who is independent of your existing care and treatment. At this time you will not be notified of the decision. You will receive notification in writing or by email, whether your application has been successful or not.
If you are unsuccessful, you may appeal. This requires you to get a letter from your Consultant, at your cost (not your GP) that clearly states the reason(s) why you should be entitled to a Blue Badge. This letter will be reviewed by an Occupational Therapist, who did not undertake your mobility assessment. You will receive notification in writing or by email, whether your appeal has been successful or not.
Once you have received written notification that your application has been successful you can make the payment...
1. By posting a cheque made payable to 'Derby City Council' to:
The Blue Badge Administration Team
Derby City Council
The Council House
On the Reverse of the Cheque please write 'Blue Badge', the applicants 'Initial and Surname' and the 'BBIS Reference Number' that will be stated in your notification letter. Please include the tear-off payment slip from your notification letter.
2. In person at our Customer Service Centre at The Council House, Corporation Street.
Payment over the counter for a Blue Badge will not be accepted at any other Council premises except at The Council House.
You can pay by:
3. Online using our secure online payments portal.
Payment can be made by all major debit and credit cards. Please note that a 1.8% surcharge will be applied to credit card payments. No charge will apply to debit card payments.
4. Over the phone using your debit or credit card by calling 01332 642982.
It will take approximately six weeks to process your application, so it is important that you complete your application form correctly and send it in with the correct documentation. Failure to do this may result in delay in processing your application.
Please note that depending on the criteria under which you are applying, you may be asked to udergo a further assessment. If you are renewing your Blue Badge you should apply in good time before your old badge expires, to allow us sufficient time to deal with your application and order a new badge from the Blue Badge Improvement Service.
As soon as you have paid and we have processed your application, the Blue Badge Improvement Service will issue your new badge and this can take a further two weeks to arrive in the post.
On application for a Blue Badge you will be advised:
We will treat all information provided in confidence and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. It will be shared with the Blue Badge Improvement Service for the purpose of managing and administering your Blue Badge and application. It may be also shared with other departments in the Council, other Local Authorities and Parking Enforcement Officers for the purposes of preventing fraud, misuse of public funds and any legal or statutory requirements. It may also be shared with other public bodies such as the Audit Commission for a similar purpose.
The medical information that you supply to support your application is defined as 'sensitive personal data' and you will be asked to consent to its disclosure to our assessors and the Blue Badge Team who are responsible for the operation and administration of the Blue Badge scheme and other Government Departments or agencies, to validate proof of entitlement.
You will be asked to agree that Derby City Council access our records to assess your eligibility for a Blue Badge and agree we can contact an accredited healthcare professional if necessary, for the purpose of obtaining further information in support of your application.
You will be advised that you may be contacted to assess your application and that you may be required to undertake a mobility assessment with an Occupational Therapist who is independent of your existing care and treatment, in order to determine your eligibility for a Blue Badge.
A dedicated team of Civil Enforcement Officers patrol the City of Derby observing vehicles and enforcing against motorists who abuse or misuse the Blue Badge Scheme. Derby City Council will take action regarding Blue Badge abuse and misuse throughout the City and its wards.
There are over two million disabled people's parking badges - otherwise known as Blue Badges - in the UK. Abuse of the scheme by those who are not entitled to its concessions can undermine the schemes credibility. This can impact on the mobility of disabled people, who have a genuine requirement and are unable to make use of parking spaces, which are being used illegally.
Derby City Council gathers evidence against drivers who misuse a genuine badge and will prosecute individuals who misuse and use a fake Blue Badge.
There are two offences in relation to the Blue Badge scheme:
The legislation that covers Blue Badge misuse is the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 section 117. This covers anyone who misuses a valid Blue Badge. An example might be a person who misuses their relatives badge, by parking a vehicle without the badge-holder being present.
The legislastion that covers Blue Badge abuse is the Fraud Act 2006 section 1. This relates to anyone who uses a Blue Badge which is not genuine or where the badge has been altered.
Blue Badge abuse and misuse can result in heavy fines and imprisonment.
Derby City Council takes its enforcement against Blue Badge abuse and misuse very seriously.
Please contact us if you would like to give us some information about abuse or misuse of the Blue Badge Scheme:
Telephone: 01332 642982
Write to: The Manager, Blue Badge Administration Team, The Council House, Corporation Street, Derby, DE1 2FS.
|Post address:||The Blue Badge Administration Team
Derby City Council
The Council House
|Blue Badge application form:||0333 200 6981|