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The aim of the Blue Badge scheme is to help disabled people who have severe mobility problems to access goods, services and other facilities by allowing them to park close to their destination. The scheme provides a national range of on-street parking concessions for Blue Badge holders who are travelling either as a driver or passenger. It allows badge holders to park without time limit in places such as on-street disabled bays and at on-street parking meters and pay and display machines. Badge holders can also park on yellow lines for up to three hours, unless a ban on loading or unloading is in force.
Whether you travel as a driver or as a passenger, if you're unable to walk, or struggle significantly when making journeys, then you may qualify for a badge.
In most cases, we’d expect applicants to have explored medications, treatments, coping strategies, or have the use of walking aids first. A badge is not for convenience, it is only for people with severe conditions or disabilities who would struggle to access goods and services without it.
Badges are not issued when a condition is temporary.
We use the Department of Transport guidance to manage the scheme on their behalf.
You won't need to be assessed for a badge if:
Read our section on Public Transport including bus route map, timetables and journey planner, bus pass applications, school transport, bus stops and shelter information, NHS patient travel, contact a bus operator, Purbeck coach permits and Purbeck Community Rail Partnership.
You can find accessibility information about individual stations on the National Rail website.
Search the community transport directory for accessible transport in your area, community transport schemes and Good Neighbour Schemes that can help you with shopping.
The NHS does not generally provide transport for non-emergency visits to hospital but if your condition or disability makes using public transport or getting in and out of a car difficult, you may be eligible for free patient transport.
Contact the Dorset Patient Transport Bureau for information about patient transport.
Dorset Patient Transport Bureau
Tel: 0300 777 5555
At some time in our lives it may become difficult to carry out everyday tasks. Using equipment and technology can mean that you do not have to rely on others to stay independent for longer. Have a look at the equipment house for ideas.
The NHS have mobility aids such as wheelchairs and walkers. You can ask your GP for more details or go to the Dorset Wheelchair Service website.
There are many sorts of different walking aids, including walking sticks, crutches and frames. The Disabled Living Foundation has information about walking aids.
You can buy your own wheelchair from an equipment supplier. The NHS can also supply wheelchairs. Ask your GP for more details or go to the Dorset Wheelchair Service website.
There are two main types of mobility scooter:
You can hire or buy mobility scooters from equipment providers, some charities and local mobility shops. There are local mobility hire schemes available in some areas such as Wheels for Freedom.
Wheels for Freedom provides mobility scooters and wheelchairs for use in town centres and at public events in Southern England. Shopmobility is for anyone, whether their disability is temporary or permanent. It is available for those with injuries, long or short-term disabilities - anyone who needs help with mobility. Search the Directory for this scheme and other providers.
Independent Living Centres can help if you are not sure what equipment you need. This is a great way to try out equipment without any pressure. Some items of equipment can even be borrowed for free to try at home.
We also have sight and hearing centres. Like Independent Living Centres these offer an opportunity to see and try out specialist equipment and to get advice.
Contact NRS Healthcare or call 0344 893 6364 if you have been supplied equipment by the NHS or the council such as commodes, raised toilet seats, rise and recliner chairs, walking frames, perching stools and other similar items and want to return them.
Contact Millbrook Healthcare if you have been supplied equipment by the council:
Tel: 0333 003 0010