Departments will be responsible for approving applications received based on the priority criteria of Disability (other) and Family Commitments (see below).
Permits must be allocated on the basis of need, regardless of the type of permit.
Assessment of Need (Non-Blue Badge holders)
There are two main criteria by which the need for a peak permit may be assessed. The application of these criteria does not afford any priority on the basis of seniority, rank or length of service. Departments are required to assess applications from staff on the basis of Criterion 1 and Criterion 2 as detailed below. Criterion 1 must be accorded the highest priority. The Car Park Working Group (CPWG) expects that, given the existence of comprehensive Park & Ride, applications based on the inadequacy of public transport alone will be given low priority.
Other mental or physical conditions:
Applies to staff members not holding Blue Badges but applying on grounds of a mental or physical disability. Staff with a mental or physical condition that makes it difficult for them to walk, use public transport or a bicycle should continue to be accorded a high priority for a permit. It should be borne in mind that the need to travel by car may result from a number of mental health conditions and neurodivergences and that we are required to consider these with equal weighting in comparison to physical conditions. For further details see the Disabled Parking Guidelines.
The Legal Services Office has advised that evidence of a disability cannot be requested while applications on other grounds (e.g., need to collect two children from school) are taken on trust. It is also worth noting that, in any case, evidence in the form of a GP’s letter is of limited value in this circumstance, as GPs are obliged to act in the interests of their patients and are therefore unlikely to refuse the request to provide a letter of support. Where a dispute arises, the advice of the Occupational Health Service may be sought by the department or by the CPWG.
COVID-19 vulnerability and travel to work are one of the issues which should be considered when departments are planning for staff to return on-site. In the event of operational needs requiring staff at high risk to attend work, these staff should be accorded high priority for a peak permit.
Applies to staff needing to attend on dependent family members on a regular and frequent basis. The application should set out the nature of the duty of care (e.g. school runs, hospital/home visits), the ages of any children involved, the locations of schools, hospitals, etc. and why the duty cannot be fulfilled on foot, by bicycle or public transport.