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Blue Badge for work parking permit

Hi everyone, hope you've not all melted in this heat!

I have applied for a parking permit at my new place of employment (NHS hospital). Due to it being a huge place, there is a waiting list for permits. I have arthritis in both hips, can get about, but always in some degree of pain. The drive to work is around 50 mins (public transport would take around 2+ hoirs, so is totally out the question).
I know the car parking permits are allocated on several factors, distance to and from work being one of them. Sadly, because I can drive to work in 50 mins, it's not enough of a priority to be near the top of the list.
The application form asks if you have a blue badge. I don't amd haven't ever applied for one. I've not yet had a response to say where about I am on the waiting list, but expect to be around position 2000+! When I do hear from them, I do plan to argue my position based on having a disgnosed condition which affects my hips and therefore my mobility and pain levels particularly after a 50 minute drive (I'm virtually crippled as I get out the car until I've sort of loosened myself up a bit).
If they still reject my appeal based on medical grounds purely on the fact that I don't have a blue badge, would I be reasonable in accusing the parking people of discrimination? Personally, I don't see why someone has got to have a blue badge in order to meet parking permit policies....a disability is a disability irrespective of a blue badge. (also, they don't actually even have disabled parking areas for staff who do have a bkie badge!!)

Thanks for any suggestions 😊

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  • Mike1Mike1 Posts: 804 ✭✭✭✭

    If you had a blue badge it would show whoever issues your parking permits that you have had your need assessed which should make their decision easier in issuing you a permit. I would have thought that the only other way of doing it would be to get a letter of support from your GP or perhaps your Line Manager.

  • Hi
    I've also worked in several places where there is a shortage of spaces snd a long waiting list for permits. Ive had a Blue Badge for a while now which is what was always required to get a permit on medical grounds.
    They did also have a few additional few spaces for other staff with medical needs, i believe some proof of a condition was needed for these spaces.
    The problem when you have a shortage of parking is that a lot of people (some more genuine than others) will say they have some medical need to jump the queue.
    Without a Blue Badge I ecpect you will need to provide some proof of your diagnosis from your consultant or gp.
    I don't think you could accuse them of discrimination on medical grounds because you don't have a blue badge, to obtain a blue badge, someone will have already been assessed thoroughly as having a need. IF you've provided evidence of your disability and struggles with walking, maybe then you could have a case.
    Maybe in the meantime apply for a Blue Badge which would resolve your parking issues.
    Good luck with your appeal, I hope you get a favorable outcome.
  • Hi there,

    A Blue badge is something I didn't want as it reminded me of where things were at but in the end, I decided to apply thinking I wouldn't get one. I was approved in just over a week from submission and my badge arrived around a week later. I have Psoriatic Arthritis which was diagnosed around a year ago so I am still very much coming to terms with it. I sent a copy of a recent consultants letter which listed the diagnosis and symptoms along with my medications.

    I think it depends on the council issuing the permit and some are better than others but given what you describe in your post, I would definitely apply as it might help with your application at your place of work.

    All the best with it!

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