Day.2 Blue Badge Saga.

Dear Blue Badge holders,   Today’s question is where can you park?

For the answers try this handy booklet from https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-blue-badge-scheme-rights-and-responsibilities-in-england. Download a copy and keep it in your car for reference.

The Blue Badge will help you park closer to your destination but the badge is intended for on street parking only. Off street parking such as those run by local authorities, hospitals and supermarkets may be governed by different rules. The Blue Badge is not a licence to park anywhere and do not assume it will always be free. If you park where it would cause an obstruction or danger to other road users you could be fined or receive a Penalty Charge Notice or have your vehicle removed.

BUT one thing is for sure you are not entitled to park at loading bays with on yellow flashes on the kerb. You must observe the Highway Code, avoid parking bays with restrictions, school crossings, clearways, near double white lines, no waiting, bus stops, on bends, brow of a hill, opposite a parking space, on narrow roads, on the pavement or any area considered to be dangerous.  Do check in the booklet.

For your information  parking a vehicle on the pavement could lead to an offence of obstruction. This could result in a fixed penalty notice. It can also cause danger/nuisance for pedestrians and wheelchairs users. (www.askthe.police.uk/content/Q387.htm)
You must display the Blue Badge and the blue parking clock showing the quarter hour period during which you arrived. You must wait for at least one hour after a previous period of parking before you can park
the same vehicle in the same road or part of a road on the same day.

Different rules also apply to parts of London.  See your booklet and website – http://www.bluebadgelondon.org.uk. or ring 0845 305 1234. Town centres, airports and private roads may also have different rules.   

In case you are wondering………Who can get a blue badge?
Some people can get a blue badge automatically. This is called being eligible without further assessment. You fit into this group if one or more of the following applies to you:

    •    you are registered as blind/severely sight impaired
    •    you receive the War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement
    •    you receive the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
    •    you receive the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and you scored at least 8 points in relation to the ‘moving around’ activity in the PIP assessment, or least 12 points in the mobility activity for planning and following journeys
    •    you have been awarded a lump sum benefit from the Armed Forces Compensation scheme  (tariffs 1 to 8). You have also been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which means you can’t walk or find walking very difficult you receive a government grant  towards your own vehicle.
   •      If you were on higher rate mobility component of DLA, but you had to claim PIP instead and didn’t get enough points to be eligible for a blue badge, you can continue to use your badge until it expires.If none of these apply to you, you may still be eligible. This is called being eligible subject to further assessment, and will apply to you if you meet one of these criteria:
    •    you have a permanent or substantial disability which means you can’t walk or find walking very difficult
    •    you are a driver and have severe upper limb disabilities
    •    you are applying on behalf of a child over two with a permanent or substantial disability which means they can’t walk or find                walking very difficult
    •    you are applying on behalf of a child under three with a medical condition that requires them to be close to a vehicle for    emergency medical treatment or transporting bulky medical equipment.

This information is courtesy http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/  Citizens Advice Bureau.

I will be back tomorrow with something else to talk about. See you soon. Jeanne

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About jeanne hambleton

Journalist-wordsmith, former reporter, columnist, film critic, editor, Town Clerk and then fibromite and eventer with 5 conferences done and dusted. Interested in all health and well being issues, passionate about research to find a cure and cause for fibromyalgia. Member LinkedIn. Worked for 4 years with FMA UK as Regional Coordinator for SW and SE,and Chair for FMS SAS the Sussex and Surrey FM umbrella charity and Chair Folly Pogs Fibromyalgia Research UK - finding funding for our "cause for a cure" and President and co ordinator of National FM Conferences. Just finished last national annual Fibromyalgia Conference Weekend. This was another success with speakers from the States . Next year's conference in Chichester Park Hotel, West Sussex, will be April 24/27 2015 and bookings are coming in from those who raved about the event every year. I am very busy but happy to produce articles for publication. News Editor of FMS Global News on line but a bit behind due to conference. A workaholic beyond redemption! The future - who knows? Open to offers with payment. Versatile and looking for a regular paid column - you call the tune and I will play the pipes.
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