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					                                          Blue Badge Scheme Division
                                                           Zone 3/21
                                                 Great Minster House
                                                   76 Marsham Street
                                                              London
                                                          SW1P 4DR

                                                   Tel: 020 7944 2914

                                           email: bluebadge@ctauk.org
                                              Website: www.dft.gov.uk



  Travelling to countries outside the European Union

Reciprocal arrangements within the European Union

Following the introduction of a common European disabled
person’s parking card (the Blue Badge) in 2000, the UK now has
informal reciprocal arrangements with all European Union (EU)
Member States under which badge holders can enjoy the parking
concessions provided in the host country by displaying the badge
issued under their own national scheme.

However, the concessions badge holders are entitled to vary from
country to country. Details of these can be found in the leaflet
entitled “Parking Card for people with disabilities in the European
Union: conditions in the Member States”. This can be viewed on
the DfT website at
http://www.dft.gov.uk/transportforyou/access/bluebadge/ Hard
copies of this leaflet, along with an associated brochure giving a
translation of the arrangements in the language of each of the
countries covered by the concessions, can be obtained from the
following address:

Department for Transport Publications
PO Box 236
Wetherby LS23 7NB
Tel: 0300 123 1102
Fax: 0300 123 1103
Email: DFTINF@capita.co.uk

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Please quote reference number 08DFT004 for the leaflet and
08DFT005 for the associated translation booklet.

We are hoping to formalise these reciprocal arrangements with EU
countries, together with other countries outside the EU, in the
future.

Arrangements for travelling to countries outside the European
Union

The design of badges differs in the various towns and cities of
certain countries outside the EU. We have the following
information available regarding certain specified non-EU countries
which should be read carefully if you intend to visit any of them.




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Australia

Broadly speaking, the following conditions apply:

Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern
Territory, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia:
Overseas disability parking permits are recognised and should be
displayed on the windscreen.

South Australia: Overseas disability parking permits may be used
for a period of up to 3 months.

Further information is available via the following link:
http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/NR/rdonlyres/BB2E3307-9AB0-
48B9-9CEF-E03903A7E0EE/0/TR2005260v4.pdf

Canada

The concessions and design of badges vary from province to
province. We recommend that disabled visitors take their badges
with them when they visit and check with the appropriate
authorities in the areas they intend to visit to see whether their
badges will be recognised. For further information on Canada, you
can contact:

Visit Canada Centre in the UK

PO Box 170
Ashford
Kent
TN24 0ZX, UK
Tel: (0906) 871 5000

(Mon-Fri 0900-1730, recorded information line; calls cost 60p per
minute).

Website: www.travelcanada.ca




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Gibraltar

Disabled visitors can obtain a temporary parking permit from their
local police station on production of evidence confirming their
disability. This permit allows parking for up to 2 hours (between
8am and 10pm) in parking places reserved for disabled people.

Guernsey

Disabled visitors from any participating country will be entitled to
local disabled parking concessions when they bring their badge to
the Island.
Please note the following:
Parking spaces are provided for the holders of Disabled Badges
throughout the Island and at the following locations within the main
shopping areas:-
      Church Square (10am - 5pm, & 7pm - 7am)
      North Plantation (by the Tourist Information Centre)
      North Beach (near the toilets)
      Weighbridge taxi rank (9am-5pm)
      Hirzel Street (by the War Memorial)
      St Sampson's Bridge

Iceland

The Blue Badge should be accepted. Please check on your arrival.
Further information is provided via the following link:
http://www.theaa.com/public affairs/reports/blue badge abroad.pdf

Isle of Man

UK badge holders may park:

 Either on-street or in a car park in places reserved for disabled
  people – these are clearly marked with the international
  wheelchair symbol;




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 In disc parking zones badge holders must display their time of
  arrival using a parking disc, but they may park for double the
  specified time; and
 Badge holders are not permitted to park in places where
  parking is prohibited by a specific sign or road marking.

Jersey

UK badge holders may park:

 in any disabled parking area specially set aside on-street, for up
  to a maximum of 4 hours (a parking disc must be displayed);
  you must also have the disabled badge displayed.
 for up to a maximum of 2 hours using a normal paycard on any
  on-street parking area in the 20 minute (yellow) or 1 hour (red)
  zones.
 if using a paycard in a 20 minute zone you will get a maximum
  of 1 hour for that zone. If using a paycard in a 1 hour zone you
  will get a maximum of 2 hours for that zone.
 Badge holders are not allowed to park on single or double
  yellow lines.

Full details of the scheme operating in Jersey are contained in a
leaflet available from the Town Hall, St. Helier, Jersey, Tel: 01534
811811.

Liechtenstein

The Blue Badge should be accepted. Please check on your arrival.
Further information is provided via the following link:
http://www.theaa.com/public affairs/reports/blue badge abroad.pdf

Monaco

No reciprocal arrangements exist with Monaco but designated
disabled spaces in car parks can be used by UK badge holders.
We therefore suggest you take your badge with you when you visit
Monaco and check locally before you use your badge.

New Zealand

The New Zealand Crippled Children Society (CCS) has operated
Operation Mobility - a nation-wide parking scheme for disabled
people - since 1977.

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Overseas Travelers

CCS administers the Mobility Parking Permit Scheme but the
provision and enforcement of car parks is the responsibility of local
councils and private parking providers.

Overseas visitors are recommended to obtain a short-term permit
whilst in New Zealand as some councils and private parking
enforcement agencies will issue offence notices to any non-
complying permits. Contact the nearest CCS Disability
Action branch once you have arrived in New Zealand to arrange
for a short-term permit for your visit. A fee will apply.

Log in to the following website to find the location of local CCS
Disability Action branches: -

http://www.ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz/Contact/WheretoFindUs/tabid/
113/Default.aspx

Norway

The Blue Badge should be accepted. Please check on your arrival.
Further information is provided via the following link:
http://www.theaa.com/public affairs/reports/blue badge abroad.pdf

South Africa

In South Africa, the rules and regulations vary between different
areas. We recommend that you take your badge with you to South
Africa and check with the authorities in the area you intend to visit
to see whether your badge is recognised.

Switzerland

The Blue Badge should be accepted. Please check on your arrival.
Further information is provided via the following link:
http://www.theaa.com/public affairs/reports/blue badge abroad.pdf

USA

We understand there is no national system of parking concessions
for disabled people and that most States operate their own



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individual schemes. The type of badges used and the concessions
provided are not standardised and vary considerably.

We also understand that it is entirely at the discretion of the
authorities in each State as to whether or not disabled motorists’
badges issued in other countries are recognised, or indeed
whether a local temporary badge can be issued. Whilst our
information is that most States do their best to accommodate
disabled visitors from the UK, they are not obliged to do so.

More information is available via the following link:

http://www.usembassy.org.uk/rcdisable.html

In the meantime, if you are planning a visit to the USA you may
find it useful to contact an organisation such as:

            The American Automobile Association (The AAA)
            1000 AAA Drive MS 75
            Heathrow
            Florida
            FL32746
            USA
            Tel: +1 (407) 444 8000

Alternatively you may find the following numbers useful:

Visit USA Association              0906 910 1020 NB: Calls cost £1 per minute
US Travel & Tourism Administration 09069 101 020
US Embassy                         020 7499 9000

Florida

UK badges are not valid for use in Florida. However, if your badge
is presented to any county tax collector’s office, along with some
form of photographic identification, such as a passport, a 90-day
temporary permit will be issued for a fee of $15.

Further information is available via the following link:
http://www.sarasotataxcollector.com/dmv pages/Parking Permits/
PP GeneralInfo.htm




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Further copies of this leaflet are available by contacting our Free Literature
Service :

Department for Transport Publications
PO Box 236
Wetherby LS23 7NB
Tel: 0300 123 1102
Fax: 0300 123 1103
Email: DFTINF@capita.co.uk

please quote reference T/INF/5001




DfT Blue Badge Scheme Division
January 2010




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