Blue Badge Scheme

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 14 December 2017.

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Photo of Matt Western Matt Western Labour, Warwick and Leamington

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of whether Blue Badge mobility assessments are being carried out consistently across local authorities and different assessors; and what steps his Department is taking to ensure that such assessments are undertaken consistently.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Department introduced legislation in 2012 requiring mobility assessors to hold a professional qualification, which involves being trained in the assessment of a person’s ability to walk. The Department has assisted local authorities by providing detailed guidance - based on the advice of independent mobility experts - on factors that should be taken into account when determining an applicant’s eligibility. Ultimately it is the responsibility of each local authority to satisfy itself that an applicant meets the eligibility criteria set in law.

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