Author Topic: Use of a British blue badge in Europe after Brexit (IMPORTANT)  (Read 1587 times)


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Yet another government cockup, (there is too much at the link to copy and paste it all.)

Ministers pre-empt Brexit by changing disabled drivers blue badges putting holidaymakers at risk of parking fines
Posted on September 13, 2019 by davidhencke

Government jumps Brexit by removing EU symbols from blue badges.
As you can see from the picture above ( Lankou:- I can't copy and paste it - I added it for you - Sunshine) the Government has sneakily already decided that Britain has left the EU as far as 2.35 million disabled blue badge holders are concerned.
My new card for my wife issued this week has been stripped of its EU symbols even before we have left the EU. It appears to reassure people by using nine foreign languages to describe it as a disabled parking card.
But investigating the real position of disabled driving post a ” No Deal ” Brexit this is totally misleading and could easily end up with holiday makers being fined in some European countries for illegal parking.
At present as a member of the EU all UK blue badge holders can get concessionary parking in virtually all European countries. If they hire a car they can take the blue badge with them as it is not tied to a particular vehicle. And the Independent Living advice site thinks nothing has changed. It says:
“It is not likely that Brexit would lead to the UK changing the format of the Blue Badge, so there is no obvious reason why it would not continue to be recognised across Europe, in the same way as those issued in Switzerland and Norway. “
However a more detailed investigation on a disabled motorists site paints a different picture.


It shows that once Britain leaves with a No Deal using this card will vary from country to country. In Spain, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland, Iceland, Norway,Austria, Poland,Luxembourg, Romania and Cyprus there will be no problem.
But in France, Croatia, Finland,Leichenstein and Latvia the card won’t be recognised because we are from a third country.
In Germany you will have to notify the local council or police and get a card to park as a disabled driver.
And it may not be recognised in Holland, Belgium or the Czech Republic because it does not have a disabled wheelchair sign on the card.
In Malta and Portugal you must apply in advance for a special card if you want to use it. At present as a member of the EU you have no problems and can use the Blue Badge Card.
In Italy you have to check with the local council – it will vary from city to city where you can use your card. At present you can use it everywhere. The same applies to Lithuania and Hungary.
In the UK it is being left to the local council’s discretion whether they want to recognise blue badges from other EU or European Economic Area countries.
So far as I can see the government does not seem to have thought about it at all – most advice dates from 2008 and 2013 on Whitehall websites.
« Last Edit: 15 Sep 2019 07:39AM by Sunshine Meadows »

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It's ok.  Any disabled people wanting to go to continental Europe after we leave the EU will be stuck in a queue up the motorway for three months, after which they'll have totally run out of food, medication, incontinence products, batteries, sanity etc.  Oh, and any benefits will have stopped.

As for blue badges, I don't think they're what's needed where I am.  What's needed a large badge permitting them to attach a metal bulldozer device to the front of cars and wheelchairs to enable them to push aside parked cars that block disabled access, e.g. on pavements and in disabled parking spaces.

Seriously though, I wish I could say I was surprised there's a mess over what happens to blue badge holders post-brexit, but I'm not.  I'm very ranty about things at the moment, so it's as well I don't use a blue badge or I'd have gone ballistic. 

Hugs to any blue badge users that would like them.

(I'm an obsessive problem-solver, so feel free to ignore any suggestions or solutions I offer, even if they sound terribly insistent.)


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I know just where you are coming from.
« Last Edit: 14 Sep 2019 10:34AM by lankou »

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I am glad you posted this because those who see it will be reminded to check they can use their disabled parking badge if holidaying in the rest of Europe.
On it's own it is annoying that the badge design has been changed without any announcement but it is unforgivable to send out these new badges without added information about what the new design means. After all what with the effects of 10 years of austerity on  individuals and the services we use eg NHS we could all do without the stress and possible upset of our disabled parking badges being messed with.