My neighbor has a disabled parking bay, can I use it? 

My neighbor has a disabled parking bay can I use it? 

In this article we are answering the following question: “My neighbour has a disabled parking bay, can I use it?”

Keep reading to find what is a disabled parking bay and who can use it.

My neighbor has a disabled parking bay, can I use it? 

My neighbour has a disabled parking bay, can I use it?

In order to benefit from free parking places, persons with disabilities or their legal representatives can request the authorities of the local public administration to issue a Blue badge, the cost of which is borne by the local budgets.

People with disabilities, car owners and their companions can receive the blue badge and therefore free parking, provided they ask the local authorities.

Therefore, if you fall into one of the above categories, you can definitely park in your neighbour’s place.

If not, then legally (even morally) it is forbidden.

What is a disabled parking bay?

If you have reduced mobility due to a disability, you could request, in your country of residence, a parking ticket for people with disabilities, which should be recognized in all EU countries.

When travelling abroad, this parking ticket should give you access to a number of country-specific parking rights and facilities you are visiting.

The relevant authority in your country of residence is the one who issues the parking ticket, respecting the standardized European model and local procedures.

Use of the European disabled parking ticket

When using the ticket, you must place it on the windscreen of the vehicle.

The face of the ticket must be as visible as possible in order to be verified.

In addition, when using the ticket in another EU country, you can place with it the corresponding leaflet, displaying the part with the language or languages spoken in the country you are visiting.

In addition, the European permit must be renewed every two years. If you fail to do this, you may be fined.

Who is eligible for a disabled parking permit?

Diseases that match the degree of disability are related to both sensory, auditory, vestibular, but also neuro-musculoskeletal functions, spine, motor functions or epilepsy situations.

There are four types of disability: light, medium, severe and severe.

Problems with sensory functions

Individuals with visual problems, usually are not allowed to hold a driving license of any kind. 

However, people with reversible diseases through medical or surgical treatment, such as cataracts, are not considered disabled. 

The primary and secondary ocular disorders, inflammatory, heredodegenerative, degenerative, and very strong myopia (14-15D) or hypermetropia (+ 3D, +/- 6D) can get a permit for disabled parking. 

Hearing impairments, the legislation does not prohibit the possession of a car license, but activities that involve the safety of other persons, the driving of certain vehicles are not recommended (for example, vehicles of high tonnage, buses, minibuses, aeroplanes, trains).

Vestibular functions

Vestibular disorders that enter the degree of disability, are the chronic vestibular disorders and their pathways.

This includes also neurological, congenital or early contact disorders. 

Regarding neuro-musculoskeletal functions and related movements, the degree of disability includes constitutional diseases of the bones, malformations, spinal deformities involving postural disorders, congenital dislocations of the hip with secondary coxarthrosis, redness and congenital, posttraumatic or post-traumatic ankylosis, TAB osteoarthritis, tight mono or bilateral hip, knee or combined redness, ankylosis of the elbows or shoulders, pseudarthrosis (in the legs, thighs, forearms and arms).

This category also includes congenital haemophilia,  rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, dermatomyositis, lupus disease, mixed connective tissue disease. 

Other disorders that fall into the same category are primary or secondary degenerative joint disorders.

Also, psoriatic arthropathy in the form of spondylitis and malignant bone tumours. 

Mobility of the spine

Diseases affecting the spine and entering the disability are ankylosing spondylitis with peripheral or mixed central shape and deforming kyphoscoliosis or scoliosis, with a high degree of curvature.

Motor functions

Motor functions include congenital amputations and amputations of superior or inferior members unilateral or bilateral.

Other issues in this category: the sequelae of cerebrovascular diseases and in particular of the strokes (in all the etiopathological variants), neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s Disease and Front-Temporal Degeneration), post-traumatic, post-infectious, post-infectious, congenital malformations, sequelae after infantile meningoencephalopathy (cerebral palsy). 

Diseases through disorders of the nervous system, genetic metabolic diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system (particularly leukodystrophies and lysosomal diseases, mitochondrial diseases, amino acids), severe neuropathies peripherals, EMG highlights.

Hetero-degenerative disorders of the central nervous system include degenerative and heredodegenerative diseases such as spinocerebellar ataxia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, pure or associated progressive spinal muscular atrophy, Charcot-Marie Tooth disease, Dejerine-Sottas disease.

Demyelinating inflammatory disorders of the central nervous system such as multiple sclerosis, Devic’s disease, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, encephalopathy and diffuse preaxial (Schilder’s disease) enter the degree of disability.

People with muscular disorders who fall into disability

These include infectious and inflammatory myopathies, progressive muscular dystrophies, metabolic myopathies, congenital muscle abnormalities and malformations, diseases of the neuro-muscular junction such as myasthenia gravis and myasthenic syndromes, as well as channelopathies.

Diseases that affect motor control functions

This section includes all diseases caused by lesions of any aetiology that cause synaptic dysfunction or lesions in the basal ganglia.

The most known are extrapyramidal syndromes, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Wilson’s disease and muscular dystonia.

People with epilepsy enter the disability area.

The legislation refers to epilepsy with early-onset (childhood-adolescent, up to 26 years), regardless of aetiology and epilepsy regardless of the date of onset.

My neighbor has a disabled parking bay, can I use it? 

Where and when can I use a disabled parking bay?

The individuals who hold a parking permit for a disabled parking bay can park only in the areas where parking is allowed.

Even if you have a permit of this kind, it does not justify parking in the places intended for buses, loading bays, clearway lanes or any such place.

Each parking permit has a validity term, it must be completed and displayed so that the expiry date of the permit is clearly visible.

It can be used by the disabled person either in their personal car or in any car in which they are passengers.

Penalties for misusing disabled parking spaces

If someone does not have a Blue badge or another document to prove that they are a disabled person and they have the right to park in a disabled parking bay, this person will definitely be fined.

The amount of the fines differs from country to country, but in the vast majority of the European countries, 28 days are given to make a payment of € 80.

This amount can be doubled if not paid on time.

After 56 days, a court case can be initiated on behalf of the driver who parked illegally.

The Parking Permit must contain the driver’s details such as his name and a photo with him.

No one else can use this parking permit without being fined and prosecuted.

Moreover, the platforms that falsify the parking permits for people with disabilities can be fined either with € 3,000 or even make 6 months of prison. 

How to apply for a disabled person’s parking card?

If you want to apply for a parking permit for a person with disabilities, the first step is to contact your local authorities.

Sometimes, you can even find a lot of useful information online, such as: what parking spaces for people with disabilities are closer to your home or your job, what are the conditions and eligibility criteria for such a permit, and what are the advantages you can have. 

Conclusions

In this article, we answered the following question: “My neighbour has a disabled parking bay, can I use it?” We also labelled what is a disabled parking bay, what are the penalties for misusing disabled parking spaces and what is a Blue Badge and how you can apply for it. 

What do you think? Should anyone be allowed to park on their neighbour’s disabled parking bay?

Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

FAQs on My neighbour has a disabled parking bay, can I use it

Can someone else park in my disabled bay?

If someone in your household is disabled and had a blue badge, they can park in your disabled bay. 

Is parking opposite a disabled bay illegal?

Parking opposite a disabled bay is not illegal.

However, drivers who park in disabled parking bays who are not Blue Badge holders will be liable to a Penalty Charge Notice, which means a fine.

What is an enforceable disabled parking bay?

Enforceable disabled persons parking bays are bays marked with a yellow box.

These bays are for use only by Blue Badge holders. 

Can I use my blue badge in any car?

You can use your blue badge in any car.

The Blue Badge is linked to you rather than a vehicle, so you can use it with any car.

This includes taxis and hire cars that you’re driving, or travelling in as a passenger.

What happens if you park in a disabled bay?

If you have a Blue Badge, you can park without a time limit in on-street disabled bays.

If you do not hold a Blue Badge, you will be issued a fine.

Where can you not park with a disabled badge?

Blue Badge holders are not allowed to park in loading bays and may not be able to park in other places reserved for permit holders, like residents bays for example.

Recommendations

  1. Leather Disabled Badge Holder Wallet – Blue Badge Timer Holder
  2. The Blue Badge Guide’s London Quiz Book 
  3. The Blue Badge Guide’s Oxford Quiz Book
  4. The Blue Badge Scheme: Guidance on the Inspection and Enforcement of Blue Badges for Police, Traffic Wardens, Local Authority Parking Attendants and Issuing Local Authorities 
  5. Review of the Disabled Persons Parking Scheme (the Blue Badge Scheme): Recommendations for Change

References

The Blue Badge scheme – Confused.com

Parking facilities for people with disabilities – Citizens Information

My neighbor has a disabled parking bay, can I use it? 

Nadejda Romanciuc

Nadejda Romanciuc holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a diploma in Addiction studies. She is part of the Romanian Association of Integrative Psychotherapy as a psychotherapist under supervision. She's practicing online counselling for over two years and is a strong advocate for mental health.