Severn Crossing toll charges are to be reduced this month and phased out completely by the end of the year – but you may already be able to make the crossing for free if you qualify for Toll road exemption for Blue Badge holders.
To take advantage of Toll road exemption for Blue Badge holders you need to head for a manned toll booth and hand over your Blue Badge permit.
Toll booth personnel will check the document’s validity and that the badge holder is in the vehicle. They will also record the badge details.
Disabled Tax Exempt vehicles qualify for a free crossing, without a Blue Badge Holder present, provided the person is in receipt of UK Higher Rate Disability Living Allowance or the vehicle is used for the carriage of disabled persons.
Toll road exemption for Blue Badge holders is also available at:
The M6 Toll (West Midlands)
Apply in advance for M6 Toll road exemption for Blue Badge holders to Midland Expressway Limited (03306 600790) for a Mobility Exemption Pass allowing free passage of the nominated vehicle. To qualify for exemption, you must be on the higher rate disability living allowance and be road tax exempt.
The Dartford Crossing (Essex/Kent)
You need to pay for each crossing you make in advance or by midnight the following day – it is free to use the crossing between 10pm and 6am. You may not have to pay the charge if you get vehicle tax exemption because you’re disabled.
You’ll still have to pay if you have a Blue Badge but aren’t exempt from paying vehicle tax or you travel in a vehicle that isn’t exempt.
You need to take no prior action as your vehicle details will be checked with DVLA when you make the crossing.
To check your eligibility contact the Dart Charge team on 0300 300 0120.
The Humber Bridge (Hull)
Toll exemptions are available for people in receipt of the higher rate of mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance and who have a tax-exempt vehicle. The disabled person does not have to be the driver.
You must apply in advance and provide a copy of your tax exemption certificate and a copy of the vehicles tax disc or vehicle registration document. Once the application is approved you will be 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.
Further vouchers are sent when each time you re-apply and there is no limit to the number of vouchers available. The Humber Bridge administration office can be contact on 01482 647161.
Itchen Bridge (A3025 Woolston-Southampton)
The Itchen Bridge provides a toll exemption for people in receipt of the higher rate of mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance. The scheme provides the disabled person with a Smartcard and tokens to provide them free crossing in any vehicle (with the exception of HGV vehicles). Contact 023 8083 3008 or visit http://www.southampton.gov.uk/living/smartcities/bridgeinfo.aspx
Clifton Suspension Bridge (B3129 West of 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. Contact 0117 973 1579, email email@example.com or visit www.clifton-suspension-bridge.org.uk/
London Congestion Charge
Blue Badge holders are exempt from the London congestion charge. No action is needed, your vehicle’s validity will be checked with DVLA on entry and exit to the congestion charging zone.
More help on Toll road exemption for Blue Badge holders
For even more help with obtaining free passage on Britain’s toll roads visit https://www.gov.uk/toll-concessions.