The new guidance will offer a lifeline for drivers or passengers with dementia, anxiety disorders or reduced mobility. The anticipation of travel difficulties such as finding a parking space can build on top of the stress of the journey itself.
'People with dementia have the right to maintain their independence and continue doing the things they enjoy'
It also helps combat loneliness by enabling drivers to stay connected to family and friends.
Transport secretary Chris Grayling said: “As a society, we don’t do enough for people with hidden disabilities. I hope this change to blue badge guidance will make a real difference to people’s lives.”
The review will look at ensuring blue badges are used correctly and improving public understanding so that those with hidden disabilities can use the badges with confidence.