New Disability Parking Bay policy for Blue Badge holders
Haringey Council recently launched its new dedicated disabled parking bay policy, which ensures that Blue Badge holders get full use of the bays they have requested either outside their homes or offices.
This new policy ensures that applicants requesting a dedicated parking bay are now assessed on a medical needs basis.
As of August of last year, Haringey residents with ‘hidden disabilities’ can also apply for a Blue Badge and a dedicated parking bay as well.
Welcoming the news, Haringey’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Cllr Seema Chandwani, said:
This policy will change people’s lives and allow them to have the independence that they need and want.
Our disabled residents will now be able to utilise the parking bays outside of their homes or close to their offices safe in the knowledge that it is exclusively for them.
It limits the social isolation they may otherwise feel and underlines how they have a full and active role to play in our communities here in Haringey.
This is a really innovative move that goes over and above what is required of local authorities by the government.
Blue Badge holders that live in the borough may now qualify for a dedicated disabled parking bay if:
• They do not have access to off-street parking within a reasonable distance to their property or workplace, and
• Their impairment makes it difficult for them to walk short distances.
Applicants will need to hold a full UK driving licence that’s registered to their main address, which must also be the address they are applying from.
Alternatively, if they don’t drive, a person that has a full UK driving licence and lives at the exact same address can be nominated instead.
Each eligible applicant is entitled to one parking bay per nominated vehicle, which must not be more than 2.27 metres high and 5.25 metres in length.
To meet the eligibility criteria, they will also need to meet one of the following:
• Receive the higher rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) – an element of the Blue Badge eligibility criteria, or
• Score 12 points or more under the ‘Moving Around’ activity of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP), or
• Receive the higher rate Attendance Allowance (aged 64 or over), or
• Receive the mobility component of PIP and have obtained 10 points specifically for Descriptor E under the ‘Planning and Following Journeys’ activity, on the grounds that they are unable to undertake any journey because it would cause them overwhelming psychological distress, or
• Receive a War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement (WPMS), or
• Awarded bother a lump sum benefit at tariffs 1-8 or the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and certified as having an enduring and substantial disability which causes inability to work or very considerable difficulty in walking.
If applicants do not meet one of the above criteria, but they are unable to walk more than 20 metres, they may still qualify for a dedicated parking bay subject to further assessment.
This may involve applicants providing additional supporting medical information and attending an assessment undertaken by a Certified Expert Assessor.
Disabled Haringey residents are requested to read the Disabled Parking Place Policy online prior to submitting their application.
Click here to apply for a Dedicated Disabled Parking Bay.
See our Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Cllr Seema Chandwani, speak about why the policy is so important.
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