07/11/2019 Latest News both councils are now processing applications but please  be aware due to volume of demand this might take some time.

From 30 August 2019 new rules come into force which will enable some people with hidden disabilities including autism and mental health conditions to apply for a blue badge.

The new criteria will extend eligibility to people who:

• cannot undertake a journey without there being a risk of serious harm to their health or safety or that of any other person (such as young children with autism)

• cannot undertake a journey without it causing them very considerable psychological distress

• have very considerable difficulty when walking (both the physical act and experience of walking)

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.

 

For more information – Nottingham CITY visit

https://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/information-for-residents/transport-parking-andstreets/parking-and-permits/disabled-blue-badges/

tel: 0115 876 1966 or Nottingham

City on 0115 9155555

For more information – Nottinghamshire COUNTY visit

https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/transport/parking/blue-badge-scheme/apply-fora-blue-badge

Customer Service Centre on 0300 500 80 80.

Wherever you live you can apply online using the government website

https://www.gov.uk/apply-blue-badge

Or alternatively phone your council