The personal injury team at FBC Manby Bowdler have welcomed changes to the blue badge parking scheme.
From today (August 30) alterations to the eligibility criteria means that people with hidden disabilities will now be able to apply for a blue badge parking permit.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has expanded the scheme to include people who may not be able to walk without psychological distress or risking serious harm.
It means people with conditions such as anxiety disorders or brain injuries will now find it easier to access shops and services and in some cases act as a lifeline to many people who find leaving their home a daily challenge.
Susan Todhunter, who heads up the firm’s Multi Track Team, dealing with complex catastrophic injury claims, welcomed the changes.
She said: “We have dealt with numerous clients who have suffered traumatic brain injuries and as a consequence simple tasks like leaving the house to go to the shops or to work or even socialise with friends can be a huge challenge.
“The new eligibility criteria means many of these people can now access the blue badge scheme which is fantastic news.
“It will make a significant difference and for some people will be a real life changer making travel so much easier.”
New guidance on the scheme has been issued to councils in England and a new online eligibility checker is available for people to check if they qualify before making an application.
It’s the single biggest change to the blue badges since the 1970s with the DfT working with specialists to bring about the amendments.
FBC’s personal injury team provide ongoing support to clients affected by serious injury.