Blue Badge scheme to benefit hidden disabilities, including autism and mental health conditions
The Blue Badge scheme already means those with physical disabilities can park closer to their destination than other drivers, as they are less able to take public transport or walk long distances.
People with hidden disabilities, including autism and mental health conditions, will soon have access to Blue Badges, removing the barriers many faces to travel.
In the biggest overhaul to the scheme since the 1970s, this will now be extended to those with less visible conditions early next year.
Although people with non-physical disabilities are not excluded from receiving a Blue Badge, the current rules are open to interpretation. The new criteria will give clear and consistent guidelines on Blue Badge eligibility for the whole of England.
The consultation, which ran from 21 January 2018 to 8 March 2018, received more than 6,000 responses from across the country.
The government recently set out its plans to improve accessibility across all modes of transport in the Inclusive Transport Strategy which launched on 25 July 2018. The strategy aims to make the UK’s transport network fully inclusive by 2030.