Blue badge thefts rise 45% in one year
Thefts of parking permits for disabled motorists have increased by 45% in the past 12 months, figures show. Some 4,246 blue badges were reported stolen in England in 2017/18 compared with 2,921 in the previous year, according to the Department for Transport (DfT). The latest total is the highest since records began in 2008/ 09 and represents a six-fold rise on the 656 recorded cases in 2012/13. The permits are issued by councils, who described the increase in thefts as “alarming”. Around 2.4 million disabled people in England have a blue badge.