2019 Blue Badge Scheme: Everything You Need To Know About The Hidden Disability Changes



By James Kelly in Contract Hire & Leasing.


The blue badge disabled parking scheme is undergoing its biggest shake-up since it was introduced in 1970, but what exactly will change?

Last month, the Department for Transport (DfT) confirmed that from 2019, people with hidden disabilities will be granted access to the scheme too.

The idea is that people with less obvious health conditions, such as autism, will have the same right to park in disabled bays as those with physical disabilities.

The change comes following an eight-week consultation in January, which concluded that many people with mental health problems struggle with the same travel issues as those with physical disabilities. But what exactly constitutes a ‘hidden disability’, and how will the changes help them?

What are hidden disabilities?

While the catch-all phrase encompasses many health issues, here’s some of the most common:


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