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Major Updates

New guidance has been issued by the Department of Transport (DfT) to local authorities to introduce eligibility for people with non-physical disabilities. The changes will remove the barriers many people face when travelling if they are unable to park close to their destination.

From Friday (30 August) the Department for Transport is extending the blue badge scheme to include people with conditions such as autism, dementia, anxiety disorders and mental health conditions which impact on their mobility will also now be able to apply for a blue badge.

The Blue Badge eligibility has been extended to people who:

  •       cannot undertake a journey without there being a risk of serious harm to their health and safety or that of any other person (such as young children with autism)
  •       cannot undertake a journey without it causing them very considerable psychological distress
  •       have very considerable difficulty walking, (both the physical act and the experience of walking)

The new guidance can be found at   https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/809057/blue-badge-scheme-local-authority-guidance.pdf

Applications under the new criteria can only be made from 30th August 2019 and online at https://www.gov.uk/apply-blue-badge

This article contains extracts from press releases by Bath & North East Somerset Council and North Somerset Council.

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