East Lothian Council

Blue Badge Scheme

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What is the Blue Badge Scheme?

For detailed information on Blue Badge Scheme please visit the MYGOV.SCOT web site.

Blue Badge Pilot Scheme (Now Extended)

At the end of 2013, Transport Scotland conducted a Call for Evidence which sought to gather information on extending the eligibility criteria for the Blue Badge scheme to include people, who as a result of a diagnosed mental disorder, have little or no awareness of danger from traffic. As a result, Transport Scotland set up a Working Group to consider if it was appropriate to extend eligibility to; "People, who as a result of a diagnosed mental disorder or cognitive impairment, have no awareness of danger from traffic and are likely to compromise their safety, or the safety of others."

The Working Group recommended a pilot scheme to consider how best to effect a change on a permanent basis. The disabled person’s parking badge pilot, which was launched in April 2016 has now been extended to Autumn this year. People who think they might be eligible are being invited to contact their local authority.

The eligibility criteria have been revised and extended under the pilot to allow people who pose a risk to themselves or others in traffic to apply for a disabled person’s parking badge, provided they meet the criteria.

Transport Scotland has been working closely with local authorities and disability organisations to extend the scheme to those who may be eligible under the new criteria.

Extending the pilot will allow more information to be gathered about how the extension works in practice, and enable partners to consider how best to extend the scheme.

How can you apply / pay or renew a Blue Badge?


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By Post

You can download an application form here or get in touch with East Lothian Council using the contact details at the left of this page and we will send you one by post. There are three categories of application:

  1. INDIVIDUAL APPLICATION FORM (Without further assessment - automatic eligibility)
  2. INDIVIDUAL APPLICATION FORM (Subject to further assessment – discretionary)
  3. BLUE BADGE APPLICATION FORM(Pilot eligibility criteria)

The automatic eligibility application form should be completed by anyone who meets the following criteria:-

  • Registered Blind.
  • Receive Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of Disability Allowance or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for Planning & Following Journeys / Moving Around, from Department of Work and Pensions.
  • Receive War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement.
  • Receive qualifying award under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme.
The discretionary application form should be completed by all other applicants who have a walking difficulty, they may be asked to attend a medical assessment.

You must return your application with a up to date colour (not black and white) passport sized photographs of yourself.

If you require assistance completing the form, please contact us on 01620 827974 or email transportation@eastlothian.gov.uk

If you require an up to date awards letter then this can be obtained by calling the DWP on 0345 850 3322.

All applications are subject to a £20 administration charge. This charge will apply to new, renewed and replacement blue badges (if the original was lost or stolen and reported to the police).

Please make a payment of £20.00 for the Blue Badge, cash payments can be made in person at your local area office.  Alternatively debit/credit card payments can be made using the online payment system or by calling the number above.

Cash payments should be made at Court Street payments desk at John Muir House, Haddington, rather than Environment Reception

John Muir House, Court Street, Haddington, EH41 3HA

Telephone: 01620 827367/827974

Fax: 01620 827710

Disabled Motoring UK is a campaigning charity for disabled drivers, passengers and Blue Badge holders.

East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.