A mother says a council has refused her a blue parking badge because it maintains her disabled boy may walk ‘one day’.
Lyla Rehman’s son Lucas Raedcher suffers from Kabuki syndrome which leaves him unable to walk, talk as well as struggle to eat normally.
His condition means the mother-of-three has to pack the family car with a wheelchair, walker and other vital equipment whenever the family travels.
The two-year-old already gets the severe disability element of the Disabled Living Allowance and his case is backed up by letters from GPs and physiotherapists..
However, the 34-year-old says Bradford Council has refused her the blue permit badge stating that her son might walk one day.
She claims the decision is ‘ludicrous’ and that she is the victim of a postcode lottery, with other families in different parts of the country being granted permits.
Lyla, who lives in Bingley, said: ‘We have had life or death situations.
‘What are families like us with severely ill and disabled children under three supposed to do?
‘Lucas gets the severe disability element of the Disabled Living Allowance but the Council is not looking at the bigger picture of his condition.
‘Different councils seem to have different criteria – I know of a family living elsewhere who got a badge on a doctor’s signature.
‘There is an unjust disparity – it should all be the same.’
The mother is now calling for change in national policy so babies can be eligible for blue badges and for all local authorities to follow the same criteria.
The Department of Transport says it does not give statutory guidelines to local authorities who have the responsibility for running schemes.
A council spokesman said: ‘The Government’s Department for Transport is responsible for setting the guidelines for the Blue Badge scheme and the parents have been informed why their application has been unsuccessful.
‘Additionally they have been advised to apply to the Department for Work and Pensions for the Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance once their child turns three, as if successful they will then automatically qualify for a blue badge.’