The disabled person’s parking badge pilot, which was launched in April 2016, has been made permanent by the Scottish Government.
The eligibility criteria were revised and extended under a pilot to allow carers and relatives of people who pose a risk to themselves or others in traffic to apply for a disabled person’s parking badge, provided they meet the criteria.
The Transport Scotland Blue Badge Working Group, established in 2015, has been evaluating the pilot and put forward recommendations that the extension should be made permanent, which has now been agreed.
Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: “I am delighted that the Scottish Government can permanently extend the criteria around the Blue Badge. It’s so important that people with disabilities, including cognitive impairments, can live a life of equal opportunities similar to other people.
“Transport Scotland has been working hard to identify and remove barriers which make journeys unfeasible or unpleasant. I want to thank the members of the Blue Badge Working Group, who, since 2015, have been working to develop and evaluate recommendations to improve the scheme.
“Their findings are clear. This extension in criteria has made it easier for relatives or carers looking after people with conditions like dementia, autism and Down’s syndrome to get closer to their destination – minimising the risks posed by traffic.
“By making the extension to the scheme permanent, people can continue to benefit from support which can greatly reduce barriers through the provision of more accessible parking.”
The Council’s Welfare Support Team regularly help carers and their families to successfully apply for a Blue Badge. Anyone requiring help to apply for a Blue Badge should contact the Team on 0800 090 1004. Alternatively, your local Citizens Advice will be able to assist.