The Blue Badge is recognised in all European countries
If you have severe mobility problems you will be familiar with the blue badge scheme which allows you to use disabled parking spaces and to park on single or double yellow lines under certain circumstances.
The blue badge is not universally recognised abroad so it is important to check what your rights are in any country you intend to visit before you park.
The Blue Badge is recognised in all European countries. When you display it on the dashboard, it allows you to make use of the same parking concessions allowed for the country's own citizens with disability.
Parking concessions for holders of a disabled parking card do differ from country to country so it's important to know where, when and for how long you can park in each country.
The FIA European Bureau undertook a worldwide survey of reciprocal parking concessions for disabled travellers in 2010. The website www.fiadisabledtravellers.com gives worldwide information on local rules for using a disabled parking card. It also gives information about any reciprocal arrangements for blue badge holders visiting another country.
It's a good idea to print off the information you need for each country along with a copy of the notice available on each country page. Leaving this notice next to your Blue Badge when you park reminds the police and parking officers about your rights.
If you are in any doubt about your rights, don't park.
(17 November 2011)