Blue Badge Scheme
The Blue Badge (Disabled Parking) Scheme provides a national arrangement of parking concessions for those people who have a PERMANENT or SUBSTANTIAL disability to allow them to park close to their destination, when travelling independently as either a driver or passenger.
The Blue Badge allows the vehicle in which the badge holder travels to park in designated areas.
You are automatically eligible for a Blue Badge without further assessment if you:
- Receive the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (HRMCDLA)
- Receive Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and are awarded the following descriptors:
- Motability Activity
- Planning and following a journey – category F and/or
- Moving around – category C, D, E or F
- Are registered blind
- Receive a war pensioner’s mobility supplement
- Receive a guaranteed payment under tariffs 1-8 of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.
If you have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and have a form DS1500 then your application form will be fast tracked.
To prove your address you will need to give permission for the Local Authority to check the Council Tax database, electoral register and school Register (under 16).
If your record does not exist on these systems please contact the Blue Badge Team for guidance and they will advise you on what evidence they will accept under these circumstances. To ensure your application is processed quickly please provide certified copies of one of the following as evidence:
- Birth/Adoption certificate
- Marriage/Divorce certificate
- Driving Licence
- Certificate of British nationality
- Civil Partnership/Dissolution certificate.
A certified photocopy is a photocopy of a document that has been verified as being true by a person other than your partner or family member who has known you for a minimum of two years and is 18 years or over.
The individual certifying the document should sign the photocopy and include the text “This is a copy of an original document seen by myself” alongside their signature. They should also print their name and occupation alongside this information.
These are examples of the type of person that would be suitable:
- Bank/Building Society Official
- Councillor (Local or County)
- Civil Servant
- Fire Service Official
- Justice of the Peace
- Licensee of Public House
- Local Government Officer
- Nurse (RGN and RMN)
- Officer of the armed forces
- Police Officer
- Social Worker
- Teacher, Lecturer
- Trade Union Official
If you intend to hand your application in at one of the Authority’s Customer Service Centres then you can present original documents to them and they will copy and certify the documents. Photocopies that are submitted without signatures cannot be accepted and this will delay your application.
You will need to supply a recent passport style photograph. Please ensure that the applicants name and date of birth is written on the back of the photograph. The photograph must have a strong definition between face and background and must be:
- In colour
- 45 millimetres in height and 35 millimetres in width (passport size)
- Taken within a month prior to the date of the application
- Against a light grey or cream background
- Free from ‘red eye’, shadows, reflection or glare from spectacles
- Of the full head of the holder (without any other person visible or any covering, unless it is worn for religious beliefs or medical reasons)
- Facing forward
- With nothing covering the face
- Looking straight at the camera
- With a neutral expression and mouth closed
- With eyes wide open and clearly visible (without sunglasses or tinted spectacles and without hair or spectacle frames obscuring the eyes)
- In sharp focus and clear
- A true likeness, without amendment.
There is no charge for the Blue Badge or postage for persons permanently resident in Wales, unless you ask for special posting arrangements. If you require further information on postal fees please contact:
Blue Badge Team – 01267 228813 or call in at a Customer Service Centre.
A parent of a child under the age of three may apply for a Blue Badge if their child has:
- A medical condition which means that they must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around with the child without great difficulty
- or a medical condition which means that they need to be kept near a vehicle at all times either for treatment or for transportation to a location where treatment can be performed.
If your Blue Badge is stolen you will need to contact the police who will provide a crime reference number. However, a fee is not currently charged for badges issued as replacements (not renewals), in the case where a badge has been stolen. The next step is to complete a new Blue Badge Application Form, include necessary evidence and return this form to us for processing.
If your Blue Badge is lost, you should report this to Carmarthenshire County Council at any of the Customer Services Centres at Ammanford, Llanelli or Carmarthen or by telephoning Carmarthenshire Direct on 01267 234567. However, a fee is not currently charged for badges issued as replacements (not renewals) in the case where a badge has been lost. The next step is to complete a new Blue Badge Application Form, see ‘How do I apply for a Blue Badge’ for details include necessary evidence and return this form to us for processing.
A fee is not currently charged for badges issued as replacements if the original badge has been damaged to an extent it cannot be read by people who will be checking the badge when used for parking or other concessions.
You will need to complete a new Blue Badge Application Form and include necessary evidence and return the damaged Blue Badge to any of the Customer Service Centres or post to Blue Badge Team.
A Blue Badge may be issued to an organisation for a motor vehicle that is to be used to transport disabled persons who have a permanent and substantial disability and are unable to walk, or have considerable difficulty in walking.
A badge will be issued to an organisation if they have vehicles licensed under Disabled Passenger Vehicle (DPV) taxation class.
In order to process the application please enclose:
- Copy of tax exemption re DPV or letter of confirmation from DVLA (if applicable).
You can apply for an organisational badge:
Completed application forms can be returned by post to:
Carmarthenshire County Council
Department for Communities
3 Spilman Street
Further information on Organisational Badges can be obtained at www.gov.uk/apply-blue-badge.
If your application has been refused and you feel that your condition changes or not all the relevant facts were taken into consideration, then you may appeal against the decision and we will reconsider your case. You should write to the Blue Badge Team, asking for your application to be reconsidered and including any extra information which you think may be relevant.
Blue Badge Team
Carmarthenshire County Council
Department for Communities
3 Spilman Street
Please note that we comply with the Department of Transport legislation and, as such, we cannot currently issue badges to people with temporary or intermittent disabilities.
If you have a Blue Badge, it must only be used when you are the driver of a vehicle or a passenger in it and the journey is for your benefit. You should not let others use the badge on your behalf without yourself being present, even if they are making a trip on your behalf.
It is an offence to misuse a Blue Badge and the maximum fine if someone is convicted is £1000 plus any additional penalty for the related parking offence. If you think someone is misusing a Blue Badge you can report it by telephoning Carmarthenshire Direct on 01267 234567. All calls will be investigated.
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