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Blue Badges

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many blue badges were used fraudulently in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006. (110742)

Enforcement of the disabled persons’ parking badge scheme is a matter for local authorities. There is no legal requirement for local authorities to provide the Department with details of fraudulent use of badges nor does the Department currently ask for that information as part of its annual blue badge statistical survey of local authorities in England. The devolved Administrations are responsible for the scheme in other parts of the UK.

The issues of misuse and abuse of badges were considered as part of the review of the blue badge scheme. In concluding the review, some 47 recommendations were made to Ministers through the Disabled Persons’ Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC)—the Department’s statutory advisers on the transport needs of disabled people—including a number of enforcement measures. The Government accepted most of these and is currently taking them forward. A summary of the recommendations and the Government’s response to them was placed in the House Library on 18 December 2002.