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Tuesday, 27 June, 2023

Disabled drivers wary of Blue Badge use after thefts — BBC News

“Sometimes… [I think] do I have to park in the disabled space?”

Mary had her Blue Badge stolen from her car and her experience is becoming more common.

There were 1,484 Blue Badge thefts in the year to March 2022, up 41% from 1,055 the previous year, according to BBC analysis of the latest available figures from the Department for Transport (DfT).

Blue Badges were introduced in 1971 and allow disabled people to access priority parking and provide exemptions from some charges.

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