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Disabled People: Blue Badge Scheme

Volume 687: debated on Thursday 7 December 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many current beneficiaries there are of the blue badge scheme for parking concessions for entitled disabled people travelling either as drivers or as passengers; and what recent assessment has been made of how well the scheme is working. [HL399]

The results of the Department for Transport's annual survey into the issuing of disabled persons’ parking badges by local authority was published on the DfT website on 19 October and showed that some 2,258,000 badges were on issue to disabled people in England as at 31 March 2006.

A comprehensive review of the blue badge scheme was completed in 2002. The Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC), the department's statutory advisers on the transport needs of disabled people, was asked to look at the responses received and to submit recommendations to Ministers. Its report was put forward to Ministers and the majority of the recommendations were accepted by the Government in 2002. The department is working on those recommendations which require changes to regulations and plans to consult on the draft regulatory package early next year.