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Blue Badge scheme

The Blue Badge scheme provides special parking provisions for people with a disability that severely impairs their ability to walk short distances. The Blue Badge enables holders to park closer to their intended destination therefore, lessening the difficulties to access amenities or services. The scheme is run by the Department for Transport and is administered by local authorities who deal with the application and assessment process as well as the issuing of the badges.

Applying or renewing a Blue Badge

To apply for a Blue Badge for the first time or renew a badge that is due to expire, you must complete an application online.

If you have difficulty completing online forms, contact the Islington Blue Badge team to discuss on 020 7527 6108 or email blue.badge@islington.gov.uk.

How long does an application take to process

It can take up to fourteen working days to process your request and a further ten days from the date of postage to be received. Please note that without a valid Blue Badge displayed, your vehicle will not be provided an exemption to park. You will therefore, need to ensure that you have obtained an alternative means to park your vehicle legally.

How will I know if I have been awarded a Blue Badge

If you applied online via the Gov.uk site for a Blue Badge, you will receive an email notification to advise you that your application was successful as soon as it has been processed. A letter with the Blue Badge will be sent in the post as a special delivery item. Usually badges are received within 10 working days of an application being accepted.

What if my application is rejected

Blue Badge applications are processed in line with the Department for Transports guidelines. While there is no formal right to appeal, we do have a process in place to reconsider applications for cases that have been declined.

If your application is rejected, you will be advised in writing giving you a detailed reason why you are not eligible to the scheme, as well as what you should do if you believe your application should be reconsidered.

If after receiving a letter of rejection, you believe your application should be reconsidered, you will need to provide further evidence to prove your eligibility. On receiving your evidence, a review will be carried out of your application and decision sent to you in writing to advise you of the outcome.

Blue Badge holder exemptions for Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs)

If you are an Islington Blue Badge holder who resides within a low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) boundary area, and you have access to a vehicle that is used by yourself and registered to your address, you may be eligible for an exemption to the restrictions within your LTN area.

If you are an Islington Blue Badge holder with a Free Resident Permit (FRP) or a Dedicated Disabled Bay (DDB), we will have a record of your details on our system. Those who are eligible, have been sent a letter advising them that they have been granted a Blue Badge holder LTN exemption permit. 

The LTN exemption is an electronic permit and does not need to be displayed in your vehicle.

If you do not hold either a Blue Badge issued by the London Borough of Islington, a Free Resident Permit or a Dedicated Disabled Bay, we will not have your details recorded. You will therefore need to complete an application form if you require an exemption permit. You will need to upload photos or scans of documents as evidence. Depending on the information we already hold, this may include evidence of your: Blue Badge, identity, address, and vehicle registration.

If you would like a paper copy of the application form, please request one by writing to: Public Realm, 1 Cottage Road, London, N7 8TP.

You can find further information on our PFS Blue Badge holder Frequently Asked Questions page.

EU and non EU disabled badges

The European Union disabled badge scheme is fully recognised in Islington and all EU badge holders have the same parking rights and Blue badge holders. Disabled badges from outside the EU vary in design and it is hard to verify their authenticity. For this reason, we do not accept disabled badges from outside the EU.

Keeping your Blue Badge safe

As Blue Badges are often targeted for theft, we recommend that a Blue Badge Protector is purchased from a reputable supplier. Blue Badge holders may also be entitled to a free resident parking permit, which will allow you to park within a Residents Parking bay in your controlled parking zone without the need to display the badge, therefore reducing the risk of theft of the badge and damage to your vehicle.

Stolen badges

If your Blue Badge is stolen, you must report it to the police immediately. You can visit your local police station or call the non-emergency number 101. The police will provide you with a crime reference number within two working days, which we need to verify the badge has been stolen. To request a replacement Blue Badge you will need to:

  • report your Blue Badge stolen to the Police and obtain a Crime Reference Number
  • complete and return a declaration of theft form
  • where applicable, upload proof of repairs to the vehicle resulting from the theft.

Applicants are reminded that any false statement will lead to prosecution and upon conviction is subject to a fine of up to £2,500. As soon as we receive the completed form we will process your request. It can take up to fourteen working days to process your request and a further ten days from the date of postage to be received. Please note that without a valid Blue Badge displayed, your vehicle will not be provided an exemption to park. You will therefore, need to ensure that you have obtained an alternative means to park your vehicle legally.

Lost badges

If you have lost or misplaced your Blue Badge it is expected that you have done everything possible to locate it. If you have been unable to find your Blue Badge we may consider providing you a replacement. You must report your Blue Badge as lost via the Report My Loss website and obtain a Lost Property reference number. There is a fee to report a lost item. You will then be able to print out a certificate with the details of your report. Please note that the Police no longer take reports for lost items. To request a replacement Blue Badge you will need to:

Applicants are reminded that any false statement will lead to prosecution and upon conviction is subject to a fine of up to £1,000. As soon as we receive the completed lost form we will process your request within 14 working days.

Blue Badge fraud

Unfortunately the Blue Badge scheme is prone to misuse and the theft of Blue Badges is a serious problem across London. To report suspected Blue Badge fraud, call us on 020 7527 2000 or email parkingfraud@islington.gov.uk We prosecute individuals that misuse the Blue Badge scheme under the Fraud Act which can result in substantial fines and even imprisonment.

Using your blue badge

Who can use the Blue Badge

The Blue Badge can only be used by the person who it is issued to. The badge can be used in any vehicle that you are driving or a passenger in. The badge cannot be used by others to park when visiting you or to carry out errands such as shopping on your behalf. If a Blue Badge is seen being used by a person other than the badge holder, it may be confiscated and the user prosecuted for misuse. The Blue Badge can also be withdrawn.

Where Blue Badge holders can park in Islington

  • On single and double yellow lines (where there are no loading and waiting restrictions) for up to three hours, providing the clock card is displayed and set to your time of arrival and not parked where the vehicle can cause a dangerous obstruction.
  • In resident bays, and shared use bays for an unlimited time.
  • In designated disabled bays for an unlimited time (please note: there are a small number of time limited disabled bays, please check the sign to confirm how long you can park). These do not include dedicated disabled bays for a specific disabled resident.

Parking outside of Islington

Parking exemptions can vary across London and around the UK. If you need to park outside of the London Borough of Islington you will need to check with the local authority in which you intend to park to see what exemptions apply for Blue Badge holders.

Using your Blue Badge abroad

Concessions for UK Blue Badge holders in EU countries have changed since the withdrawal from the EU. UK badge holders may not be granted any parking concessions. You will need to check what concessions are available at your intended destination before travelling. You should also ask locally, for example at a tourist information office, and pay attention to road signs when you get there.

Who can apply

The Blue Badge scheme is intended for individuals as well as organisations that transport people on a regular basis that have severe difficulty walking short distances

As an individual, to be eligible to the scheme you must be able to prove that you have severe difficulty walking short distances. Your difficulties must be expected to last 3 years or more and the frequency of the issues that you suffer from must be occurring on a regular basis.

Blue Badges are not issued on the basis of having a diagnosis or condition, nor on a person’s ability to use public transport or ability to walk long distances.

Further information on who can apply for a Blue Badge.

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