Disabled people write to us regularly on this topic, often saying they have asked about a disabled pass but are refused without any assessment being made of their eligibility. If so this amounts to sheer ‘fobbing people off’ by local government officials of people who may often be least well equipped to contest a decision.
We would be keen to hear from others who have experienced this, and also from those who have overcome difficulties in getting a disabled bus pass.
Our general recommendation is
- Don’t rely on verbal enquiries
- Check out for yourself whether you think you qualify – this is the Dept of Transport criteria:
You’re eligible for a disabled person’s pass if you live in England and are ‘eligible disabled’. This means you qualify under one or more of the following:
are blind or partially sighted
are profoundly or severely deaf are without speech
have a disability, or have suffered an injury, which has a substantial and long-term effect on your ability to walk
don’t have arms or have long-term loss of the use of both arms
have a learning disability
3. The next step is to go to your local authority webpage, read the information there, and if you think you may qualify, print off an application form. Complete it and send it in – i.e get a decision on a proper basis, don’t be fobbed off.
4. It has been suggested to us by a Blue Badge holder (which entitles the holder to car parking privileges) that it will be helpful to hold a Blue Badge (we have checked this with local authority information, which does often ask whether the applicant is a Blue Badge holder. )
5. But I don’t have a car ? - don’t let that worry you, the badge can be used by a friend or relative when taking you as a passenger.