Blue Badge (disabled parking) scheme eligibility consultation
People with hidden disabilities could soon have greater access to blue badges under new plans proposed by Transport Minister Jesse Norman MP
The proposals, which would herald the most significant changes since the blue badge was introduced in 1970, would help remove barriers to travel for people with conditions such as dementia and autism, allowing them better access to work, shops and amenities.
This is part of the drive for greater parity between the treatment of physical and mental health conditions
Currently, about 2.4 million disabled people in England have a blue badge, allowing them to park on roads without charge and normally without time limit.
Around 75% of blue badge holders say they would go out less often if they didn’t have one.
The Department for Transport (DfT):
- is considering amending the regulation which requires a person to “have a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking”
- is considering amending the current requirement that the disability be “permanent and substantial” to “enduring and substantial”
- proposes that healthcare professionals other than GPs undertake mobility assessments
- asks for views on providing automatic badge eligibility to those people who receive 12 points for the ‘planning and following journeys’ activity of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment, for non-physical mobility issues
This is part of the government’s objective is to ensure that those people with the greatest need have access to badges, whilst ensuring the scheme remains sustainable.
You can read the full consultation document by visiting: 'Blue Badge scheme: consultation on eligibility' and if you would like alternative formats (Braille, audio CD, etc), please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hard copy of the response form can be posted to:
Department for Transport, Traffic and Technology Division
3/27 Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road
London SW1P 4DR
When responding, please state whether you are responding as an individual or representing the views of an organisation.
If responding on behalf of a larger organisation, please make it clear who the organisation represents and, where applicable, how the views of members were assembled.
The consultation period began on Sunday 21st January 2018 and will run until Sunday 18th March 2018, please ensure that your response reaches the Department of Transport before the closing date.