Blue Badge Scheme

Transport written question – answered on 6th September 2013.

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Photo of Valerie Vaz Valerie Vaz Labour, Walsall South

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on the automatic renewal of blue badges for eligible persons whose disability will not improve.

Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

The Government seeks to address the needs of severely disabled people by providing automatic badge eligibility to people who are already in receipt of certain mobility awards (including, for example, under Disability Living Allowance). Badge renewal for these people should involve little more than verifying that their award and personal details are correct.

To improve the scheme, we have introduced a new, joined up system across Great Britain and all badge details are now held electronically. Therefore, even for those who do not have automatic eligibility, where the disability will clearly not improve the renewal process should be a straightforward process.

Blue Badges are issued for a period of 3 years as there is a need to ensure on a regular basis that personal data remain up to date so that the scheme remains both efficient and secure.

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