Disabled parking badges

Information and statistics on disabled parking badges.

Information on parking badges for disabled people in England (blue badges). From 2015, the main statistics on badges issued and held (Blue Badges remain valid for 3 years) data are derived solely from the Blue Badge Improvement Service (BBIS).

Latest blue badge statistics

For badges held as at 31 March 2017, 2.38 million valid Blue Badges held, an increase of 5,000 badges (0.2%) when compared with the previous year.

Out of the 2017 total:

  • 56.9% of badges were subject to further assessment
  • 42.1% were issued without further assessment
  • 0.9% to organisations

The overall increase in the total number of Blue Badges held as at March 2017 was driven by an increase of 0.7% in badges held without further assessment.

On 31 March 2017, 4.3% of the population in England held a valid Blue Badge.

For badges issued between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017, 887,000 were issued, an increase of 2,000 badges (0.2%) from the previous year. Out of these:

  • 58.6% subject to further assessment
  • 40.6% were issued without further assessment
  • 0.9% to organisations

Technical information

Since 2015, the main blue badge statistics are derived exclusively from BBIS, an online database. Previously, the statistics were derived from two sources: the BBIS database and an annual blue badge survey of local authorities.

Further information can be found in the guidance.

Contact us

If you have any comments or queries about our statistics please let us know by phone or email. We are keen to learn more about our users’ needs and experiences, to help us improve the usefulness of our statistics where possible.

Please note, this team only deal with disabled parking badges statistics. If you wish to apply for a disabled parking badge please visit apply for a Blue Badge or contact your local authority directly.

Disabled parking badge statistics

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Blue badge statistics beyond 2012

The Blue Badge Improvement Service (BBIS) is a new service that has been available to all local authorities in England since 1 January 2012. It provides a number of core services, including a central database of all Blue Badges on issue. The introduction of BBIS has implications for the future collection of Blue Badge statistics. Further information is available.

National statistics

All of the statistics published in this series are National Statistics. Disabled parking badges statistics was assessed by the UK Statistics Authority and confirmed as National Statistics in February 2013.

Figures at local authority level are less robust and are outside the scope of national statistics.

Pre-release access list

The post holders given access to these statistics up to 24 hours prior to release are available in the pre-release access list.


  1. Blue badge scheme statistics: 2017
  2. Blue badge scheme statistics: 2016
  3. Blue badge scheme statistics: 2015
  4. Blue badge scheme statistics: 2014
  5. Blue badge scheme statistics: 2013
  6. Blue badge scheme statistics: 2012
  7. Blue badge scheme statistics: 2011

Data tables

  1. Valid blue badges issued and held (DIS01)
  2. Blue badge applications and assessments (DIS02)
  3. Blue badge withdrawals, prosecutions, lost and stolen badges (DIS03)
Published 10 November 2012
Last updated 15 February 2018 + show all updates
  1. Latest blue badge statistics summary updated for the year ending 2017.
  2. New release published and latest blue badge summary updated for 2016.
  3. Latest blue badge statistics updated.
  4. First published.