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Blue Badge Scheme Application Form for Organisations

APPLYING FOR AN ORGANISATIONAL BLUE BADGE

These questions are intended for organisations involved in the care of disabled people who are seeking a Blue Badge for a vehicle/vehicles (e.g. minibus, or specially adapted commercial vehicle) which is/are to be used to carry disabled people who would themselves qualify for an individual Blue Badge. Please see guidance notes provided at the end of this form for a list of the eligibility criteria prescribed in the regulations that govern the scheme. 
 
An ‘organisation’ is defined in legislation as meaning an organisation concerned with the care of disabled persons to which a disabled person’s badge can be issued. 
 
Organisational badges will therefore only be issued to an organisation which: 
 
Cares for and transports disabled people who would meet one or more of the eligibility criteria for an individual Blue Badge; and
 
Has a clear need for an organisational badge rather than using the individual Blue Badges of people it is transporting. 
 
Organisational badges should only be used when transporting disabled people in their care who meet one or more of the eligibility criteria for a badge – and must not be used for the employee’s benefit when they are carrying out other business on behalf of the organisation. It is unlikely that taxi or private hire operators and community transport operators would be eligible for an organisational Blue Badge as they are not usually concerned with the care of disabled people who would meet one or more of the eligibility criteria for a badge. 

GUIDANCE NOTES

This form is to be completed if you are representing an organisation applying for an organisational badge. 
 
An organisational badge may be issued to organisations whose responsibility include the care and transportation of disabled people who would themselves meet the eligibility criteria for a badge should they apply individually. Eligible disabled persons are defined as a person who is over two years old and: 
 
Receives the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance; or
 
Is registered blind (severely sight impaired); or

Receives a War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement; or

Receives a lump sum benefit under the Armed Forces and Reserved Forces (Compensation) Scheme within tariff levels 1-8 (inclusive) and has been assessed and certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking; or

Drives a vehicle regularly, has a severe disability in both arms, and in unable to operate, or has considerable difficulty in operating, all or some types of parking meter; or

Has a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.
 
In addition, eligibility covers children under the age of three who fall within either or both of the following descriptions: 
 
A child who, on account of a condition, must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around with the child without great difficulty; 

A child who, on account of a condition, must always be kept near a motor vehicle so that, if necessary, treatment for that condition can be given in the vehicle or the child can be taken quickly in the vehicle to a place where such treatment can be given. 
 
Organisational Badges will therefore only be issued to an organisation which both: 
 
Cares for and transports disabled people who would meet one or more of the eligibility criteria for a individual Blue Badge; and

Has a clear need for an organisational badge rather than using the personal Blue Badges of people it is transporting.
 
In all circumstances, badges will be supplied to organisations or departments (e.g. Social Service Department) rather than to individual staff members. 
 
All employees of the organisation who will be using the badge should be reminded that they must only use the badge for the purposes of transporting disabled people in their care who meet one or more of the eligibility criteria for a badge. These employees should be reminded that if they use the badge to take advantage of the concessions when there are no passengers in the vehicle who are eligible for a badge they will face a fine of up to £1000. 
 
It is unlikely that taxi or private hire operators and community transport operators would be eligible for an organisational Blue Badge as they are not usually concerned with the care of disabled people who would meet one ore more of the eligibility criteria for a badge. Such operators are, of course, able to use an individual’s Blue Badge when carrying that person as a passenger.
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