3. Vehicles and transport

Blue Badge parking scheme

The Blue Badge scheme provides a range of parking benefits for disabled people with severe walking difficulties who travel either as drivers or as passengers.

Vehicle tax exemption


You can apply for exemption from paying vehicle tax if you get the:

The vehicle must be registered in the disabled person’s name or their nominated driver’s name. It must only be used for the disabled person’s personal needs. It can’t be used by the nominated driver for their own personal use.

How to claim

You claim the exemption when you apply for vehicle tax.

You can do this online, by phone, by post or at a Post Office that deals with vehicle tax.

You’ll need:

  • your exemption certificate serial number
  • the surname, date of birth and National Insurance number of the exemption certificate holder

Your exemption certificate must be one of the following:

  • certificate of entitlement for DLA
  • certificate of entitlement for PIP (on the last page of your award letter)
  • annual certificate of entitlement
  • DLA404
  • MHS330
  • WPA0442

You must claim at a Post Office that deals with vehicle tax if you’re claiming for a particular vehicle for the first time. You can’t do it online or by phone.

Vehicle tax reduction


You can get a 50% reduction in vehicle tax if you get the PIP standard rate mobility component.

You can’t get a reduction for getting the DLA lower rate mobility component.

How to claim

Send all of the following to DVLA Swansea:

  • your statement of entitlement (it’s at the end of your PIP award letter)
  • the vehicle registration certificate (V5C)
  • a V10 form
  • an original MOT or GVT certificate (if your vehicle needs one)
  • a cheque or payable order (made out to ‘DVLA, Swansea’) for 50% of the full rate of car tax for the vehicle

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The Motability Scheme

The Motability Scheme can help you with leasing a car, powered wheelchair or scooter. You’ll need to be getting one of the following:

  • the higher rate of the mobility component of DLA
  • War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement
  • the enhanced rate of the mobility component of PIP

VAT relief for vehicles

You may not have to pay VAT on having a vehicle adapted to suit your condition, or on the lease of a Motability vehicle - this is known as VAT relief.

Community and public transport

Your local council may operate dial-a-ride or taxi schemes, for example, using vouchers or tokens. You may also be eligible for a bus pass and/or Disabled Persons Railcard.