The Blue Badge Scheme is a European-wide initiative that makes it easier for disabled people to park near to places they want to go to. If you are disabled and have your own car, or are a regular passenger in someone else’s, then you may qualify for a Blue Badge.
The charge for a Blue Badge is £10.
You may be eligible for a Blue Badge if:
- You receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance or you receive War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement.
- You are registered blind.
- You have a severe disability in both of your arms and regularly drive a vehicle but cannot turn the steering wheel by hand even if it is fitted with a turning knob.
- You have a permanent and substantial disability, which means you are unable to walk or have considerable difficulty walking.
- You have a child under 3 years old and need to transport medical equipment or always be near a vehicle so they can be treated or driven to a place to receive treatment for a permanent illness.
How to apply
You will need to fill in the Blue Badge application form and return it to parking services. Remember to sign the form otherwise we can’t process it.
Blue Badge application form
We will then decide whether or not you are eligible for a Blue Badge and we will contact you once we have made our decision.
Please note - we may need to check some details with you or arrange for a mobility assessment, meaning your application may take a few weeks to process.
Renewing your Blue Badge
To renew your Blue Badge you need to go through the same process as you would if applying for the first time. It is your responsibility to renew your Blue Badge.
Please note that you are not automatically entitled to a new badge because you have had one in the past.
Changing your address
If you move home, please let us know so that we can update our records. Although it will not affect your current badge, we will not be able to contact you about it in the future if you do not tell us you have moved. If you move outside the Borough of Gateshead, you should also contact your new local authority in good time before your current badge runs out to allow time for them to send out and process an application form.
Lost, stolen or replacement Blue Badges
If your Blue Badge is stolen report this to the police to obtain a crime report number. When you have this information, contact Parking Services.
If your Blue Badge is lost or damaged please contact Parking Services. You will need to complete a form giving the circumstances of the loss and follow the process for renewal applications. There will be a fee of £10 to pay for your replacement Blue Badge.
Your replacement badge will be issued to the same expiry date as the one you have lost. Only one replacement blue badge is normally allowed.
If you have lost your time clock please contact Parking Services and we will replace it for free.
Using your Blue Badge
Only you can use your Blue Badge and you are responsible for it – use of the blue badge by a person other than the badge holder is a criminal offence and can lead to a fine of up to £1000.
Blue badges are only valid for parking when the badge holder is either driving the vehicle or being transported in it. The journey must be for the badge holder's purposes, and the badge holder must be personally present at the time the vehicle is parked.
The blue badge must be valid and displayed correctly. Blue badges should be displayed with the badge expiry date facing forward and clearly visible from outside the vehicle. Motorists/badge holders who do not comply with all the requirements of the scheme may receive a parking ticket.