Blue badge holders are being reminded to renew their badges if its expiry date is looming.

Residents interested in applying for a blue badge or renewing their existing one are advised to only use the official GOV.UK website.

Cllr Kathy Williams, cabinet member for adult social care delivery says: “It’s important for all blue badge holders to make sure that their badge is still within date.

“We wouldn’t want to see any legitimate person to be caught out by their badge’s expiry date. We also need to remind people that using someone else’s blue badge if they’re not in the car with you is illegal.”

How do I renew my blue badge?

Anyone eligible will need to complete a reapplication form available online at: http://www.gov.uk/apply-blue-badge at least 4-6 weeks prior to when the badge expiry date.

Existing blue badge holders should receive a letter along with a reapplication form approximately 6-8 weeks before their current badge expires.

If badge holders have moved house since their last blue badge application they can get in touch with their new address by emailing:bluebadge@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Anyone who has moved to Gloucestershire from another area will need to ask their previous council to transfer their records over to us.

What is a blue badge?

The blue badge scheme is a national scheme designed to give people who are registered severely sight impaired and people who have any permanent and substantial disability the ability to park close to the facilities and services they need to use. In Gloucestershire it is enforced throughout the year by the county council, with action being taken if anyone is using an out of date pass or one which doesn’t belong to them.

Residents who are eligible can apply for a badge which lasts for 3 years.

More information about the blue badge scheme in Gloucestershire here: https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/disabilities/apply-for-a-blue-badge/information-about-the-blue-badge-parking-scheme/

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