Blue Badge pilot
Extending the Blue Badge scheme
In 2013, Transport Scotland looked to see whether a new group of people should qualify for a Blue Badge. Some people with a diagnosed mental disorder are not aware of danger from traffic, so Transport Scotland thought a Blue Badge might be helpful for them.
As a result, a pilot scheme began on 1 April 2016. You can contact Travel Concessions to apply for a Blue Badge, if the person you are applying for meets the criteria. Contact details are below.
If you do get a Blue Badge under the pilot, it will be valid for 12 months.
To qualify for a Blue Badge, the applicant must
- be at least three years old
- have a diagnosed mental disorder or cognitive impairment
- have a letter to confirm this diagnosis.
They must receive one of the benefits below
- middle or higher rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- higher or lower rate of Attendance Allowance (AA)
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP) with at least eight points between these activities:
- 7 - communicating verbally
- 8 - reading and understanding signs, symbols and words
- 9 - engaging with other people face to face.
As well as this, a healthcare professional (not your GP) or a registered social worker must complete Section 3 of the Blue Badge form to confirm that the person meets the definition.
Some applicants will also need an assessment.
The applicant won't need an assessment if they receive the
- higher rate of the care component of DLA
- higher rate of AA
- PIP with at least 12 points between activities 7, 8 and 9.
All other applicants who meet the criteria will need an assessment.