There is no evidence that parking charges are rising. A Blue Badge is valuable because it allows the holder to park in places where other motorists cannot. It is a nationally recognised on-street parking scheme for disabled people and having a Blue Badge enables you to park in marked disabled bays and on double and single yellow lines for up to three hours (its unlimited time in Scotland).

The Blue Badge Improvement Scheme launched three to four years ago, which introduced new security measures. Forgery is virtually impossible and this could be part of the reason for the increase in Blue Badge theft.

Kelvin Reynolds, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at the British Parking Association (BPA) says “We are actively encouraging our members to tackle Blue Badge fraud, misuse and abuse. We fully supported the new measures introduced in 2012 to prevent the fraud, abuse and misuse of Blue Badges.”

The badge’s new design, which incorporates advanced printing and security features, ensure it is harder to copy, forge or tamper with, and a more secure method of distribution and supply will guarantee that they are safely delivered to their intended recipient.

The new badge design, a data-sharing system for local authorities and improvements to the assessment of eligibility will ensure only those who have genuine need of a Blue Badge have access to designated spaces and facilities.