Brexit blow to disabled Brits as blue badge permits no longer accepted in EU

British disability blue badge parking permits will no longer be recognised in European holiday hotspots because of Brexit – and talks over a replacement scheme appear to have stalled.

The badge holders enjoyed automatic recognition when Britain was a member of the EU.

Travellers were able to use their permits in a number of countries including France, Italy, Spain, Greece and Portugal.

But this was stopped on December 31, 2020 when the EU transition period ended.

The scheme has been disbanded as it is difficult for local parking wardens to verify non-EU parking permits.

A year on, ministers have failed to negotiate deals with EU countries that also include Luxembourg, Slovenia, Lithuania, Romania and Bulgaria.





The system was useful for expats and for disabled Brits taking their car on the ferry to France (

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Answering a written Parliamentary question, Transport minister Chris Heaton-Harris said the government is continuing to “engage in discussions with a number of countries”.

The Department for Transport has not updated guidance on how to use the badge in the EU since September.

“Negotiations are taking place about the recognition and use of UK Blue Badges in some European countries,” it reads.

“Check with the embassy of the country you are travelling to for the latest developments. In some cases, you will need to ask for further information locally.”

Liberal Democrats ‘ health spokesperson Baroness Sal Brinton said “By failing to secure a reciprocal deal on blue badge use, the Conservatives are letting disabled people down.

“Disabled people already face a huge wave of difficulties others do not when trying to travel, either for work or for a holiday and this is yet another barrier for them.”

A Department for Transport spokesman said: “It has always been the case that disabled drivers should check the local rules in the country they are travelling in before using a disabled parking card abroad.”