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.

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