People with hidden disabilities like autism, dementia or anxiety can apply for a blue badge parking permit in England from August 30 2019.
A blue badge permit means the user can park in designated disabled bays. This usually means that they can park closer to their destination.
The guidance was issued by the Department for Transport (DfT). Around 2.35 million blue badges have been issued in the UK to people who have physical mobility difficulties or are registered blind.
Below is a link to the guidance provided to Local Authorities to help with the decision making, when deciding if someone is eligible for a blue badge.
The disability charity Scope said that the changes “could make a real difference for many disabled people with invisible impairments”.
They also said that more needs to be done to make sure there are more blue badge spaces to meet the increase in demand.
The government said it would provide an extra £1.7 million to help councils cope with the bigger demand for spaces.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said he hoped the change would make “a real difference to people’s lives”.
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