This includes moving or changing position because a physical or mental condition stops you getting around unaided, using public transport, walking, sitting, standing, bending, reaching or getting around in an unfamiliar place. This could be because of a physical condition, such as chronic heart disease; a mental health condition, such as severe anxiety; or a sight impairment.

For example, if you have difficulty in:

  • travelling a short distance in a car as a passenger
  • using one or more forms of public transport
  • walking other than at a slow pace or with jerky movements
  • going up or down steps or steep hills
  • going out of doors by yourself

then it is likely you have a condition which has a substantial adverse effect on your mobility.

However, if you experience some discomfort only after you have walked for about one-and-a-half kilometres or a mile, or have travelled as a passenger in a car for more than about two hours, and there are no other effects of your impairment, it is unlikely that this would be regarded as having a substantial adverse effect.

Last Updated: 29 Jun 2009