The Blue Badge Scheme is a European wide scheme which provides a range of parking benefits for disabled people who travel either as drivers or as passengers. The badge can be used in any country in the European Union and in some other European countries as well. You can find more information on which countries you can use the badge in on the Direct.gov website.
Local councils are responsible for dealing with applications for the badge on behalf of the Government. If you want to apply for a badge you need to apply to your local council, which is usually the one that you pay your Council Tax to. If you do not live in Newcastle you can find contact details for your local council on the Direct.gov website.
From 01 January 2012 the Department for Transport are bringing in a number of changes to Blue Badge administration. This follows consultation as part of the Blue Badge Reform Programme.
You can find out more information regarding the blue badge scheme in the following sections:
How to apply for a badge
If you think you may be entitled to a Blue Badge this section will help you to complete your application.
How to use the badge
Avoid getting a Parking Notice by reading this guide on how to use the badge correctly.
Information regarding eligibility and use of organisational badges.
Information regarding the service launched on 01 January 2012
Newcastle City Council campaign against misuse of the Blue Badge
We are committed to tackling abuse of the Blue Badge scheme. Find out what we are doing about it and how you can help with this important campaign.
Disabled Parking Bays
Find out where to park in the city centre, and what to do if you would like to request a disabled parking bay to be located outside your home.
Rights and Responsibilities Information for the Visually Impaired
Information on how to obtain a copy of this useful booklet produced by the Department for Transport (DfT) in different formats.
For general enquiries regarding the blue badge scheme please telephone Parking Services on 0191 277 2728 (Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm).
Page last updated: 16 January, 2013