The eligibility criteria for a parking permit from the Blue Badge scheme has changed in line with recent changes to mobility allowances in the UK.
In the past, meeting the requirements to join the Motability Scheme and automatically qualifying for a Blue Badge went hand in hand. This was because to be eligible to join the Motability Scheme, for most customers, you needed to be in receipt of the Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (HRMC DLA) and if you received this benefit you were automatically entitled to qualify for a Blue Badge. This meant that every Motability Scheme customer could have a Blue Badge if they chose to apply.
However, this changed in 2013 when the government began moving people from DLA to the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
Read a detailed article on this subject on the Motability website.
- For the government’s current Blue badge qualification criteria visit the gov.uk website.
- Download a copy of the government’s leaflet on Blue Badge eligibility (pdf file)