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Parking for the disabled (Blue Badges)

Information on blue badges including how to apply for a badge plus details of disabled parking spaces available throughout Middlesbrough including the town centre

The Blue Badge scheme

The Blue Badge Scheme provides a parking provision for people with disabilities who either travel as drivers or passengers. A blue badge allows a vehicle to be parked near to where the badge holder needs to go. The scheme operates throughout the UK.

Blue Badges are only valid for parking when the badge holder is either driving the vehicle or is being transported in the vehicle. The badge holder must be present when the vehicle is parked, if the badge holder has already been dropped off before the vehicle is parked the driver cannot use the badge. Blue badges are not for use by family or friends of the badge holder to obtain free or more convenient parking, Use of a blue badge by a person other than the badge holder is a criminal offence and can lead to a £1,000 fine. Parking Civil Enforcement Officers as well as Police Officers have the right to inspect blue badges to ensure that they are being used correctly, badge holders should show their badges when requested. Additional powers introduced in October 2013 allow Civil Enforcement Officers to retain a blue badge in certain circumstances including if the badge is being misused or has been reported lost or stolen.

  • You need to renew your blue badge every three years. If you apply for a badge online you will be sent a reminder for this.Please ensure you apply for a new Blue Badge 8 to 12 weeks in advance of the expiry date for your current Blue Badge.
  • Your blue badge will cost £10.
  • If you automatically qualify for a badge you should receive it within 28 days.

If you need a walking assessment, this may delay your application and it may take up to 6 weeks to process.

Eligibility for getting a blue badge

People who automatically qualify for a badge

A person is automatically eligible for a badge if they are over two years old and meet at least one of the following criteria:

a receives the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance;

b receives a Personal Independence Payment for being unable to walk further than 50 metres (a score of 8 points or more under the 'moving around' activity of the mobility component);

c is registered blind (severely sight impaired);

d receives a War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement; or has received a lump sum benefit within tariff levels 1-8 of the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme and has been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.

People who may also qualify for a badge

Some people may also be eligible for a badge if they are more than two years old and either:

  • a have a permanent and substantial disability which means they cannot walk, or which makes walking very difficult; or
  • b drive a motor vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms, and are unable to operate all or some types of parking meter (or would find it very difficult to operate them).

Apply for a blue badge

The easiest and quickest way to apply for a blue badge is by using our online service. To apply online, you will need:

  • Your national insurance number
  • Driving licence number, if you have one
  • A photograph that meets passport requirements. For more information on these requirements please see the website
  • The number, expiry date and local authority given on your current badge, if you have one.

Click here to start your application.

Where can I park with my blue badge in Middlesbrough?

The Council allows free parking without time limits for disabled badge holders in all its pay and display car parks and pay and display on street parking areas. This provision applies to all types of parking places including long, short and limited-stay spaces and not just dedicated disabled bays (excluding the private permit parking area on level 4a of the Captain Cook Square Car Park and level 6 which is also for private parking Monday to Friday).

Use of disabled bays is controlled by the Civil Enforcement Officers who issue a Penalty Charge Notice to motorists abusing these facilities.

Dedicated disabled parking bays (no time limit) are available in the following Council car parks:-

View Disabled Parking Spaces in Middlesbrough in a larger map

Track your blue badge online application

Update your blue badge details online

Report a lost or stolen blue badge online

How to display your blue badge

When using the parking concessions you must display the badge on the dashboard or facia panel, where it can be clearly read through the front windscreen.

If there is no dashboard or facia panel in your vehicle, you must still display the badge in a place where it can be clearly read from outside the vehicle. The front of the badge should face upwards, showing the wheelchair symbol.

The side showing the photograph should not be visible through the windscreen.

You must also ensure that the details on the front of the badge remain legible. If they become unreadable through fading or wear and tear, you must return the badge to us so we can issue you with a new one. Displaying a badge that is illegible may result in a parking fine.

For more details, see the  blue badge scheme - rights and responsibilities in England [1mb] [pdf] leaflet.

What to do if the Blue Badge holder has died

If you live in Middlesbrough and are registering the death at Middlesbrough's registration office, you can return the badge to the registrar who will forward it on to us. Otherwise, please return the badge to the customer services centre.

Middlesbrough House, 50 Corporation Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2YQ

The Council also provides a Tell Us Once service that can inform government departments and local council services about the death. The blue badge can be returned as part of this service.

Report the misuse of a blue badge

The Council is committed to providing high quality facilities for blue badge holders. As part of this commitment we encourage you to report the misuse of blue badges. Blue badges are strictly for use by the blue badge holder who must be present when the vehicle is being parked. Blue badges are not for use by family or friends of the badge holder to obtain free or more convenient parking. Use of a blue badge by a person other than the badge holder is a criminal offence and perpetrators can be prosecuted and fined up to £1,000.

You may report suspected misuse/fraud by completing the form online available on MyMiddlesbrough via the link below, you do not have to give your name or contact details.


Organisational Blue Badges

An organisation that cares for and transports groups of disabled people who would qualify for a Blue Badge in their own right may apply for an Organisational Blue Badge.

The organisation should be using a vehicle specially adapted for the use of disabled passengers; provide details of the adaptations and if the vehicle is licensed under the Disabled Passenger Vehicle (DPV) taxation class and confirm that the vehicle is solely being used for the purpose of transporting the disabled people being cared for.

The organisation should also confirm the number of qualifying disabled people and if too few people who meet the eligibility criteria are being transported the disabled people would apply for their own badge rather than for a badge issued to an organisation.

If you believe that your organisation meets the necessary criteria and to request an application form please apply online here or contact us on 01642 245432.

The organisational badge is issued to the organisation or department rather than to an individual employee and employees are reminded that the badge must only be used for transporting disabled people who meet the eligibility criteria.  If the badge is used when there are no eligible passengers in the vehicle a fine of up to £1,000 can be imposed.

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