Disabled parking & Blue Badges - Frequently Asked QuestionsLast updated: 09 September 2013 10:37 UK
Follow the link to find out about disabled parking and Blue Badges - the page also includes our contact details. Alternatively, read on for answers to the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) on disabled parking.
|Blue Badge eligibility|
Can I apply for a Blue Badge if I don't drive?
Can I have a temporary Blue Badge?
No. People with a temporary disability (such as a broken leg) will not qualify for a badge.
Can I apply for more than one Blue Badge?
No. Department of Transport legislation allows only one badge to be issued per person for personal use.
I receive the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance - must I send the original documents to prove it?
Yes. Any documents sent in as proof of entitlement will be returned as quickly as possible, once they are no longer needed.
I am registered partially sighted - will I automatically qualify for a Blue Badge?
No. Being registered as partially sighted does not automatically qualify you for a Blue Badge - only a severe sight impairment or being registered blind automatically entitles .
I receive the higher rate of Attendance Allowance - will I automatically qualify for a Blue Badge?
No. Only the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance grants automatic entitlement.
I receive a War Pension - will I automatically qualify for a Blue Badge?
The government has agreed to provide continuous automatic entitlement to a Blue Badge to service personnel and veterans who have been both:
Applicants will be required to provide a letter from the SPVA confirming that they are in receipt of tariffs 1-8 under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation Scheme) Order 2011 and that they have been assessed by the SPVA as having a permanent disability as detailed above.
I do not meet the automatic qualification criteria - can I still apply for a Blue Badge?
Yes. If you do not meet the automatic qualification criteria we will contact you to arrange for you to attend an Independent Mobility Assessment (IMA) at the Frank Sorrell Centre in Prince Albert Road, Southsea.
The IMA provides evidence as to the extent of your disability and how it affects your mobility, enabling us to assess your application.
Can I have a Blue Badge for my baby?
A parent of a child who is less than three years old may apply for a badge for their child, if the child has a specific medical condition which means that either they:
|Blue Badge applications|
What types of photograph do you accept ?
Passport photographs are ideal. We can accept other photographs as long as they are a similar standard to images taken in a photo booth. We cannot accept full face photos if they are 6 x 4 inches. Photos must be colour, and not include other people in the background.
Can I sign the application form on behalf of a friend or family member?
Yes. The application form can be signed on behalf of the applicant, by a designated member of the family or friend.
How long will it take to process my application?
We will make every effort to deal with your application as quickly as possible - however, due to the high number of applications received and the work involved to process them, please allow up to 6 weeks for your application to be processed.
Applications for duplicate Blue Badges are usually processed within 10 days.
I have been diagnosed with a terminal illness - can my application be processed in less than 6 weeks?
We can fast-track applications for applicants with a terminal illness. If you are applying for a Blue Badge under this criteria, please provide a letter from your GP, specialist or Macmillan nurse to confirm your diagnosis.
Upon receiving the completed application form, we will aim to order a Blue Badge within 48 hours - we should receive it within five working days of the order.
My application has been refused - can I appeal against the decision?
Yes. To appeal against an unsuccessful Blue Badge application, please write to The Parking Office Manager' explaining why you disagree with the decision and send it to 'at the address above.
|Using your Blue Badge|
Where can I use my Blue Badge in Portsmouth?
When you receive a Blue Badge, you will also receive a booklet titled 'Rights and responsibilities', which features a list of concessions.
Blue badge holders may park free of charge, for an unlimited amount of time, in most Portsmouth City Council run car parks and on-street pay and display areas - the Blue Badge must be clearly displayed in the vehicle. Follow the link for a list of council-run car parks.
Signs advise if parking is free for badge holders in all of the council-run car parks and on pay and display meters.
Blue Badge holders can also park within resident parking schemes in the city exempt of any limited wait restrictions.
Can wheelchair users from the USA, Canada or Australia have a temporary Blue Badge?
We do not issue temporary badges, but we do allow the use of non-European Union Blue Badges within the city.
Can I use my Blue Badge when I go to Europe and other countries?
The Blue Badge is recognised throughout the European Union, and can be used for parking concessions in other EU countries as detailed in the 'Rights and responsibilities' booklet issued with your Blue Badge.
How do I report Blue Badge misuse?
If you suspect misuse of a badge please contact us and provide as much information as possible, such as the Blue Badge serial number and expiry date, details of the vehicle in which the badge is being displayed and the location of the vehicle.
It is important to us that we receive notification of any abuse of the Blue Badge scheme. We will investigate the matter and consider what action, if any, can be taken.
|New and expired Blue Badges|
The badge holder has passed away - what should I do with their Blue Badge?
Please return it to us - we do not need a letter, but we do need to note the date of death to can amend the records. You may keep the photograph.
My Blue Badge is lost or stolen - what should I do?Please contact us - we will arrange for you to receive an application form for a duplicate badge.
My Blue Badge has faded or is damaged - what should I do?
If the details on your badge become faded, please contact us - you should check your badge regularly to ensure that all details remain legible.
If your badge becomes damaged, after going in the washing machine for instance, please contact us and we will arrange for an application for a duplicate badge to be sent to you.
I have changed my address - do I need to inform you?
Yes. If you change your address please inform us as soon as possible - if you do not, we may send something, such as a renewal form, to the wrong address.
My Blue Badge is due to expire - how do I get a new one?
We will automatically send a renewal application form to you approximately 6 weeks before your badge is due to expire. If you have not received a renewal application form within two weeks of when your badge is due to expire, please contact us.