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It was announced yesterday that the government is proposing
to change the eligibility criteria for the Blue Badge Scheme to include those
people with non-physical disabilities. The government said the proposals
would make it easier for people with conditions such as dementia and autism to
travel to work, socialise and access shops and services in England. It is hoped
the move would help create parity in the treatment of physical and mental
health.



 The Department for Transport said councils have different
interpretations of existing rules with only some recognising hidden
disabilities. The new policy is designed to provide “clear and consistent”
guidelines.



Although the change to criteria has been welcomed by many charities
and campaigners concerns have also been raised that this will further increase
pressure on an already limited number of disabled bays.



Although People’s Parking cannot increase the number of on-street
disabled bays it can help disabled people identify car parks with the access
features they need including alternative ways to pay, no height restrictions
and level access.  This will become even
more important as the demand for disabled bays increases. 

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Posted on 22 Jan 2018 at 14:59:56