Personalised disabled bay eligibility criteria
Passengers who may not qualify
Passengers will not normally qualify as a driver is expected to park as necessary to assist the disabled passenger to their home and move the vehicle afterwards. Although this may entail short-term obstruction of the highway, this is considered necessary and is therefore unlikely to be considered to be a contravention.
Documents you must provide
- Full UK driving licence - registered to the Applicant / Nominated Driver at the Applicant's address
- Blue badge - must be valid for more than 6 months (please supply both sides of the badge).
- Proof of Higher Rate of Disability Living Allowance – Mobility Component ("DLA") or Proof of Personal Independence Payment ("PIP") – you must have a score of 12 points for the moving around component – must be dated last 12 months.
- Council Tax statement – applicant / nominated driver at the same address (classed as a non-dependant must be shown on the council tax/benefits) - must be dated last 12 months.
- V5C (previously known as a logbook) – registered to the Applicant / Nominated Driver at the Applicant's address or a mobility vehicle.
- Tenancy Agreement (more than 12 months), Lease holder Agreement or Freeholder Agreement – name of applicant / nominated driver at the address.
Criteria for a Personalised Disabled Bay
An application may be declined if it does not meet all the eligibility criteria.
To ensure an applicant receives a fair hearing, the criteria is split into individual and environmental criteria. This will facilitate a more comprehensive review of the individual needs and the road environment.
This approach will enable the Council to advise applicants whether their application has been rejected based on their individual situation, or because there is simply no reasonable location for a Personalised Disabled Bay to be located.
Where the driver of a vehicle is also the badge holder, they need to be: -
- Suffering from a substantial or permanent ambulatory disability that results in reliance on a wheelchair or walking frame
- Unable to travel further than 50 metres without the aid of a wheelchair, walking frame or companion
- Suffering from a hidden disability such that the blue badge holder has a current claim for either Higher Rate of Disability Living Allowance – Mobility Component ("DLA") or Personal Independence Payment ("PIP") – a score of 12 points (moving around).
- Permanently or primarily resides at the address for which the personalised disabled bay is required.
Where the holder of a valid disabled persons badge is not the driver of a vehicle, they need to: -
- Permanently or primarily resides at the address
- Prove that they are unable to manually handle, carry, push or pull any essential medical equipment required for the blue badge holder.
It is essential that the applicant shows how a hidden disability limits or restricts mobility (from expert assessor).
In all cases, the following criteria must be met: -
There are no available parking spaces, or the ability to create a parking space within the boundary or on any land or within any outbuilding or garage, which is within the control of the applicant, and is within 50 metres of the nearest door to the property (front or back). ‘available’ parking space shall be taken to include any space which is identified.
Where the holder of a valid disabled persons badge is not the driver of a vehicle, the following additional criteria must be met: -
There are no spaces within 50 metres of the nearest door of the property where the blue badge holder could be dropped, allowing the driver to relocate the vehicle later.
To help make a decision on whether to approve an application, and to identify possible locations for the personalised disabled bay, the Council may undertake a site survey to consider: -
- Layout of the road, crossing points, incline or decline, surfacing materials and lighting.
- Parking Stress, whether spaces are frequently available within 50 metres of the property.
- Any other local conditions which may help the Council decide whether an application could be approved.
In some circumstances, local conditions may result in an application being rejected. The Council retains the right to apply judgement in circumstances which would override the above criteria. These could include, but are not limited to, the following: -
Where further assessment is required, this will be undertaken by a qualified occupational health (or similar) specialist. They will be independent of the Council and provide a final report on the applicant, based on the criteria.