Have your say on expanding Blue Badge eligibility
The Department of Transport (DfT) is consulting on changes to the ‘blue badge’ disabled parking scheme to cover more people with ‘hidden’ disabilities.
The public has until 18 March to respond to the consultation on changes that could lead to more disabled people, including autistic people and those with dementia, being eligible for free and concessionary parking.
Ministers were forced to review and consult on blue badge eligibility criteria following a legal challenge by an autistic man with learning disabilities.
The man had held a blue badge for 30 years but was suddenly turned down by his council after the DfT issued new guidance.
Fifteen months ago the DfT was forced to settle the man’s legal claim by agreeing to review the guidance.
At present, DfT guidelines state that people who qualify for ‘enhanced’ mobility under Personal Independent Payments (PIP) because they cannot plan and follow journeys are not automatically entitled to a blue badge.
Junior transport minister Jesse Norman said the consultation ‘accords with the government’s manifesto commitment to give parity of esteem to mental and physical health conditions’.