If you are disabled, you may be able to park in restricted areas under the blue badge scheme. The scheme is for drivers and passengers.
If you have a blue badge you may be eligible for extra concessions, such as exemption from road tolls or access to town centres where other vehicles are restricted.
This page explains what extra concessions might be available for blue badge holders in Scotland.
If you have a blue badge, you may be eligible for exemption from paying road tax, which is also called vehicle excise duty.
To qualify, the vehicle must only be used by you or on your behalf, and one of the following must apply:
- you receive the higher rate mobility component of disability living allowance (DLA)
- you are undergoing long-term hospital treatment and have only had your DLA higher rate mobility component removed because of this
- you receive the mobility component (awarded at both 8 or 12 points) of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- you receive the Armed Forces Independent Payment (AFIP)
- you receive War Pensioners’ mobility supplement
- you are aged 65 and over, applied for exemption before 13 October 1993 under the Disabled Passenger Scheme and continue to meet the conditions of this scheme.
You can only be exempt from paying road tax for one vehicle at any one time. The vehicle must be registered in your name or someone authorised to act on your behalf.
If you are no longer entitled to one of the specified benefits, exemption from paying road tax ceases.
If your vehicle is displaying a valid blue badge, it must not be wheel clamped on public land.
Wheel clamping on private land is illegal in Scotland in relation to all vehicles, not just vehicles displaying valid blue badges.
Tolls at road bridges and tunnels
There are no longer any tolls in Scotland. However there are still tolls at some bridges and tunnels in other parts of the UK. If you have a valid blue badge, you may not have to pay tolls at certain road bridges and tunnels.
You can find the latest information about where you are exempt from tolls at www.mobility-centres.org.uk.
Other concessions your local authority might provide
Your local authority may provide extra parking facilities for blue badge holders, such as:
- special on-street parking places
- free parking places in off-street car parks
- access to town centres where other vehicles are restricted.
You can find out more about any of these by contacting your local authority.
If you don’t know the name of your local authority, you can find it at GOV.UK. The GOV.UK website has a link to the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) website at www.cosla.gov.uk, and individual local authority websites.
Other useful information
For more information about the blue badge scheme, go to the Transport Scotland blue badge website at www.bluebadgescotland.org.