Applications should be made for one or more of the following reasons:
- Disability (other)
- Family commitments
- Other (e.g. departmental requirements, staff retention)
Applications for disabled parking should be the first priority in departments’ allocation of permits and you should not seek to use the reserve pool for this purpose.
Any application for the reserve pool must be demonstrably weaker than applications that you have already met through your departmental allocation. The working group would not normally expect to receive reserve pool applications on grounds of operational need, unless you have given this a lower priority than all the other criteria.
When the reserve pool can help
- You may have a new member of staff or an employee whose circumstances have changed. If this is a higher priority than one or more of your existing permit holders, you should require the person with the lowest priority to relinquish their permit. You may then apply to the reserve pool on their behalf
If the new application is lower priority than those you have already met but higher priority than those you have already rejected and you feel there are strong grounds, you should make a reserve pool application on behalf of the new member of staff. Even if it is the same priority as the applications you have rejected you may still think it is strong enough to apply to the reserve pool.
Have a look at the below example of how an application will be assessed.
- You should not use the reserve pool as an alternative to the permit applications appeals process. You must first reassess your decision to refuse the application. If you then feel that the case is weaker than all successful applicants but stronger than the others rejected, you can apply to the reserve pool.
If as a result of a reassessment, you displace an existing permit holder, you can apply to the reserve pool on their behalf.