Roads Minister Chris Hazzard today launched a new online application form for Blue Badges.
Applicants will now be able to make a full application through the nidirect website including uploading evidence of entitlements and photos. Payment can also be made online.
Minister Hazzard said:
“In this modern age, online transactions are the norm and this new online application now gives those applying for blue badges an opportunity to do this from their armchair.
“At present there are around 200 applications a day for new and renewal badges and as many will be aware, there is currently a backlog. I have already taken steps to address this issue and the new online system will also help reduce some of the back office processing work, allowing my staff to get on with the job of issuing badges.”
Minister Hazzard continued:
“The more people that use this online facility the quicker the turnaround will be, so I would urge people to apply online if they are in a position to do so by going to www.nidirect.gov.uk/services/apply-or-renew-blue-badge.”
Notes to editors:
- The Department has taken steps to reduce the impact on people awaiting a blue badge. People who have blue badges and are reapplying can continue to use their existing badge provided it has an expiry date after 1 May 2016 and a re-application form has been submitted. Traffic attendants have been made aware of the situation and if a badge holder is inadvertently issued with a Penalty Charge Notice even though the expiry date on their badge is after the 1 May 2016, the Department will cancel it upon becoming aware of such cases.
- Whilst a blue badge does not apply on private roads and car parks, many private operators have adopted the principles of the scheme within their own parking policies. In June, and again earlier this month, the Department informed organisations with responsibilities for disseminating information to hospitals and businesses including private car parks about the backlog in applications, including making them aware of the of expiry date extensions.
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