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Concessions for Blue Badge Permit Holders on UK Bridges and Toll Roads

If you are a blue badge holder, you may be exempt from paying certain tolls and charges in the UK.

As a disabled badge holder, you do not have to pay the London congestion charge, find out more here.

Severn Crossing

Tolls to cross the Severn bridges into Wales have been removed on the 17th of December 2018.

The bridges carry around 25 million motorists a year, Blue Badge holders and not. Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns said: "The end of the tolls is a major milestone for the economies of South Wales and south-west of England, and will remove historic barriers between communities. Scrapping the tolls means an end to generations of people paying to simply cross the border, meaning more money in their pockets, helping them with the cost of living and leaving them with more cash to spend in their local areas."  

M6 Toll

M6 Toll exemptions

In Advance: The Mobility Exemption Pass allows free passage of the nominated vehicle on the M6 Toll only. If you think you may be eligible for a Mobility Exemption Pass, you must apply to Midland Expressway Limited as no other evidence of a disability (e.g. Blue Badge) can be accepted. To qualify for the exemption, you must be on the higher rate disability living allowance and be road tax exempt.

To speak to someone about the mobility exemption pass with the M6 toll please call: 03306 600790

The Dartford Crossing 

You can no longer pay for the Dartford Crossing at the barriers. Instead, you need to pay for each crossing you make in advance or by midnight the following day. It is still free to use the crossing between 10 pm and 6 am. This is to reduce congestion and ease traffic flow. The Dart Charge scheme includes new payment arrangements, which were introduced on 30 November 2014.

You may not have to pay the charge if you don’t pay vehicle tax because you’re disabled.

You’ll still have to pay if:

You have a Blue Badge but aren’t exempt from paying vehicle tax.

You travel in a vehicle that isn’t exempt.

You don’t need to do anything to get the exemption. Your vehicle details will be checked with DVLA when crossings are made in your vehicle.
 

You can also contact the Dart Charge team on 0300 300 0120

The Humber Bridge

Humber Bridge concessions for disabled badge holders

The Humber Bridge Board provides toll exemption for people in receipt of the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance and who have a tax-exempt vehicle, i.e. a Motability car. The disabled person does not have to be the driver.

People must apply in advance by completing an application form with a copy of their tax exemption certificate and a copy of the vehicles tax disc or vehicle registration document. Once their application has been approved they are sent 20 vouchers, one being handed in for each journey made. The disabled person MUST be in the vehicle when an exemption voucher is used.

There is no limit on the number of tickets a person can have and further supplies are sent when the applicant submits a re-application form, sent out with each batch of tickets.

To receive an application form or if you have any queries contact the Humber Bridge administration office on (01482) 647161.

General information about toll concessions for people with disabilities and medical conditions

Itchen Bridge - Woolston-Southampton

The Itchen Bridge provides a toll exemption for people in receipt of the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance. The scheme provides the disabled person with an identity card (SmartCities Card) and tokens to provide them free crossing in any vehicle (with the exception of HGV vehicles).

To print out or view the SmartCities application form visit:

https://www.southampton.gov.uk/roads-parking/travel/smartcities-card/travel-disabled.aspx

or if you have any queries contact the :

Email: smartcities@southampton.gov.uk

Telephone: 023 8083 3008

Clifton Suspension Bridge - Bristol

For people in receipt of the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance or exemption from Vehicle Excise Duty (Road tax), a concessionary rate of £10 with unlimited crossings for a 12-month period is available on production of the relevant certification. Disabled concession application forms are available on request by email, telephone, or in person from a bridge attendant.

Tel: 0117 973 1579
Email: bridgemaster@cliftonbridge.org.uk 
Website: www.clifton-suspension-bridge.org.uk/

Mersey Tunnels – Queensway and Kingsway

You do not have to pay to use the Mersey Tunnels if you are a Blue Badge holder and in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Enhanced Rate Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Higher Rate of Attendance Allowance (AA)
  • War Pensioners Mobility Supplement (WPMS)

The disabled person does not have to be the driver but you will need to apply in advance for the Mersey Tunnels Free Travel Concession.

Complete the online application form or call 0151 330 1004 (8am-8pm, Monday to Friday) and they will send a form out to you. 

Tyne Tunnels

Blue Badge holders are exempt from the Tyne Tunnels toll charges but to receive this concession you need to fill in an application form and send them a copy of your Blue Badge and you'll receive a TT2 Disability Exemption Permit.

Disabled people who do not have a Blue Badge Permit but have Disabled Tax Exempt vehicle are also eligible for an exempt crossing. A copy of the vehicle’s V5C and a copy of your DWP letter confirming entitlement of higher rate mobility allowance must be sent to receive a TT2 Disability Exemption Permit. The permit is only valid for one year and must be presented when crossing.

For more information and to apply for a Toll Exemption account visit https://www.tt2.co.uk/tolls/toll-exemption-accounts/

Tamar Bridge - Plymouth

Blue Badge Permit holder exemptions are available but you will need to apply in advance for a Mobility Concession Smartcard. This scheme is limited and therefore you have to be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits to be eligible:  

  • Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Enhanced Rate Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • War Pensioners Mobility Supplement
  • Registered blind
  • Disabled tax exempt vehicle

To apply for the Mobility Scheme you can either download the mobility pass application form and rules or obtain a form from the Torpoint Ferry Office 

For more information and to download an application visit https://www.tamarcrossings.org.uk/prices/mobility-scheme/