Disabled Tax Exempt Vehicle Procedure
Disabled Tax Exempt vehicles are eligible for an exempt 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, which is exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty and reflected in the vehicle’s Taxation Class.
Users will be required to provide evidence of their vehicle’s Exempt Taxation Class of “Disabled” or “DPV”, by showing the vehicle’s original V5C form.
If the vehicle is leased by Motability, users will be required to present a photocopy of the vehicles V5C along with the original covering letter which accompanied the V5C provided by Motability. Please note, emailed copies are not acceptable. Drivers must attend a staffed Toll Booth and present the documentation to the Toll Collector. Toll Collectors will check the validity of the documentation, which will be scanned and returned. To view our toll plaza signage, please click HERE
Once confirmed, drivers must wait for the barrier to raise before continuing their journey.
Failure to produce the relevant documentation at the time of crossing will result in the appropriate toll charges being levied. Retrospective refunds are not given.
Adapted Vehicles (with seats removed)
We have reviewed the issues regarding Adapted Vehicles with their rear seats removed, and how they are defined within the Severn Bridges Act, which determines how vehicles are classified. It has been determined that a vehicle with its rear seats removed at the time of crossing is defined as Category 2. The appropriate toll is detailed in the Severn Bridge Toll Prices. All crossings in an adapted vehicle must be made using our staffed lanes so a Toll Collector can determine the classification of the vehicle at the time of the crossing.
The authority/reference point for this is The Severn Bridges (Description of Vehicles) Order 1992. This Order provides additional clarification by the Secretary of State on the way in which classifications are to be applied under the Severn Bridges Act. Provision 2 contains the definition of motor car as being amended to: “a mechanically propelled vehicle, not being a motorcycle, constructed or adapted primarily for the carriage of passengers and so constructed or adapted as to carry no more than eight passengers”.
In considering the intent of removal of the rear seats where this was not the original option of the vehicle manufacturer, i.e. the use of tools has been necessary, we have generally concluded that this meets the test of an ‘adaption’ for the carriage of goods. Therefore, such vehicles fall into Category 2. We recognise that certain vehicles have quick release/quick fit arrangements for seats and, as with fold-down rear seats, we do not consider these to have been ‘adapted’ away from primarily for the carriage of passengers.
To view the Severn Bridges Act please click HERE