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Disabled Parking Permits Cover Range of Health Conditions
posted on Jan 24 2014 by Jade Hensby
Those in Walsall are being given disabled parking permits due to their weight because they can only walk a short distance, it has been stated. People with a disability have to undergo a series of medical assessments before they are considered eligible for a ‘blue badge’ as they are commonly known.
However, the guidelines mean people who are medically obese can now apply for the passes if their weight limits their ability to walk. This revaluation comes the same week that a report was issued stating that half of Britons will be obese by 2050. Critics have called for more stringent tests to be carried out to decide if an applicant’s weight issues are self-inflicted.
A spokeswoman from the National Obesity Forum said on the matter “the ones who can be guaranteed these passes should be having a letter from their GP or some kind of medical practitioner justifying that they should have one (a pass), because they have a condition”.
The abilities of local councils to issues badges to those who are seriously overweight was obtained in a Freedom of Information request. Walsall Council revealed they had given out passes to applicants who had listed obesity as a medical condition. Coventry City Council have also disclosed that applicants had put down obesity as one of their reasons behind asking for a blue badge.
The Department for Transport guidelines state a person can apply for a permit if they have a ‘permanent and substantial disability that causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking’.