It’s the first time people with hidden disabilities will be able to apply for a blue badge parking permit
People with hidden disabilities like autism, dementia or anxiety can apply for a blue badge parking permit in England.
A blue badge permit means the user can park in designated disabled bays. This usually means that they can park closer to their destination.
Scotland and Wales have already introduced similar rules to include some non physical conditions, but the rules have not yet been changed in Northern Ireland.
The guidance was issued by the Department for Transport (DfT), a branch of the government and begins on the 30th August. Local councils will still have the final say on who does and who doesn’t qualify for a blue badge.
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