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 at the end of March 2018:
2.35 million valid Blue Badges were held, a decrease of 28,000 badges from 2017
42% were held without further assessment
4.2% of the population held a Blue Badge
Out of the 859,000 badges that were issued at the end of March 2018:
59% (507,000) were subject to further assessment
40% (345,000) were issued without further assessment
1% (8,000) to organisations
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.
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.
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.