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Are you concerned whether you will have the same rights and facilities when parking your car in another European country? There is a standardised model of parking card for disabled people which is recognised in all EU countries!

The Community standardised model of parking card for the disabled allows a disabled person who is entitled to use certain parking facilities in his EU country of residence to move more easily in the territory of another EU country and avail themselves of all the parking facilities granted to the disabled in that EU country.

The Community model was introduced by a Council Recommendation in 1998 български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv).

This Recommendation provides for the standardisation of the layout of parking cards for people with disabilities and their recognition by the EU countries, in order to facilitate such people's freedom of movement by car.

The Annex entitled "Provisions on the Community model parking card for people with disabilities" contains very specific provisions on what the standard European card should look like, specifies its height, width, colour, material (plastic-coated), content and how and where the information specific to the EU countries is to be displayed.

EU countries remain responsible for issuing the card.

In this respect, EU countries use their own definition of disability and define the procedures for granting the card. The Recommendation does not aim to change the way in which the disability parking card is implemented at national level. Nevertheless the European dimension has a substantial impact on the free movement and independent living of disabled EU citizens.

An informative brochurepdf(3 MB) Choose translations of the previous link  gives an overview of the conditions of use of the parking card for people with disabilities in the Member States of the European Union.

A leafletpdf(220 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  contains a list of national contact points that issue the parking card for persons with disabilities.