Review of Blue Badge fraud as scheme is extended to those with ‘hidden disabilities’

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  • Blue Badge scheme to be extended to people who have less visible disabilities, making journeys more accessible
  • this change to the scheme is the biggest in nearly 50 years with the extended criteria coming into force on 30 August 2019
  • review also launched into Blue Badge fraud and ways of reducing misuse

People with hidden disabilities will soon be able to access Blue Badge parking permits, thanks to the rollout of new guidance today (June 15 2019).

For drivers or passengers with dementia, anxiety disorders or reduced mobility, the anticipation of travel difficulties such as finding a parking space can build on top of the stress of the journey itself.

The new guidance, which represents the biggest change to the scheme since the 1970s, will offer a lifeline to people who often find road travel difficult by providing better access to work and other amenities. It will also help combat loneliness by enabling them to stay connected to family and friends.

The expanded scheme coincides with the launch of a new task force to toughen up enforcement and help councils tackle fraudulent use of the badges.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said:

As a society we don’t do enough for people with hidden disabilities.

I hope this change to Blue Badge guidance will make a real difference to people’s lives.

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