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Carers UK Forum • Blue badge
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Blue badge

Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 10:00 am
by Albert_1604
I did a search on this forum for 'blue badge' and only found one reference to Scotland.
This surprised me as I'm sure many here have one.

I am applying for a blue badge for my wife, filled in the form/passport photograph
/marriage cert etc and I wondered if many had problems in getting a badge?

Do they visit the disabled person at all? This would frighten the life out of my wife,
whose twilight years (90), I am trying to make as peaceful and stress free as possible.
Albert

Re: Blue badge

Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 2:07 pm
by susieq
Hi Albert,

try 'googling' "Disabled Parking Blue Badge Scheme" together with the name of your town/local authority - you should get plenty of information. (The reason I say to add your town is, though it's a nationwide scheme, it is operated by local councils) have a look here

https://www.gov.uk/blue-badge-scheme-in ... on-council

Re: Blue badge

Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 3:04 pm
by Henrietta
I don't think you need worry about being visited- they wouldn't have the resources. I can't imagine they would be remotely suspicious about your application given your wife's age.
The only remote reason I can see anyone possibly contacting you , is if you have both successfully remained off their radar so far, and they may wonder if you need any additional support with anything- really nothing to worry about for either of you.

Re: Blue badge

Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 3:24 pm
by bowlingbun
It is possible they might want a GP letter, but I suspect her age is enough info.! They are hugely helpful, being able to park right next to a shop/attraction saves a lot of effort, plus wider parking bays.
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Re: Blue badge

Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 4:06 pm
by Albert_1604
Thanks for all that. Most reassuring.

It will certainly help as her dentist is in a road with double yellow lines
and nearest car park is 1/4 mile away.

She refuses to use the wheelchair I bought
her so slowly walking 1/4 mile with a walker is out.

Re: Blue badge

Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 4:30 pm
by susieq
Albert_1604 wrote:Thanks for all that. Most reassuring.

It will certainly help as her dentist is in a road with double yellow lines
and nearest car park is 1/4 mile away.

She refuses to use the wheelchair I bought
her so slowly walking 1/4 mile with a walker is out.
word of warning Albert !

Blue badge doesn't mean that you can park "anywhere" you still CAN'T park on double yellow lines or red routes. Single yellow lines, yes but not double yellow lines and ALWAYS check any parking restriction notices.

Re: Blue badge

Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 4:57 pm
by Albert_1604
All the web sites about blue badge parking I have looked at seem to indicate one can park on double yellow lines for up to 3 hours and where there are no loading restrictions.
So I wonder what is allowed?

Re: Blue badge

Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 5:10 pm
by bowlingbun
When your badge is awarded, you should also receive a booklet explaining where it can/cannot be used.

Re: Blue badge

Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 5:33 pm
by MrsAverage
Albert
I'd recommend checking out what local community transport there is available for you too. In my mum's area they provide taxi vouchers which means we can concentrate on helping her and let someone else worry about the parking and driving. There are also dial a ride mini buses that carry wheelchairs.
Usually arranged by the County Councils but your district council may have info too.
Hope this helps
MrsA

Re: Blue badge

Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 6:36 pm
by Elaine
Hi Albert,
In my area the person applying for the Blue Badge has to turn up at their offices in person and do a walking test, to see whether they actually do have difficulty walking some distance. My Mum had a Blue Badge from her previous home area and it has just come up for renewal. As she does not actually leave her home because she is house bound now, I couldn't get her to the centre and have let the Blue Badge lapse. It hasn't been used very often in the last 9 years anyway.
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Elaine