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Disabled Parking

Introduction

Disabled parking is the scheme whereby special parking spaces and other parking privileges are provided to people with disabilities. A person with a disability requires access to a disabled parking space because of its size and proximity to daily facilities.  This gives vital access to: work, shops, bank, social events, etc that would otherwise severely restrict their ability to participate in society. The spaces themselves are generally the same size as a standard parking space. However, they have a hatched area around the space which is necessary for a wheelchair user to get in or out of a car. Cars that park on this hatched area render the disabled space unusable by a wheelchair user or others who because of their disability need to open the door fully to get in or out of a vehicle.

Disabled Person's Parking Cards (also known as European Parking Cards or Disabled Parking Badge) are available to people living in Ireland with certain disabilities and those who are registered blind, whether they are drivers or passengers. The parking card can be used by a disabled person in any vehicle in which he or she is travelling.

Non-disabled drivers routinely abuse car-parking spaces specifically allocated to disabled motorists. This generates frustration, anger, resentment and leads to real problems for disabled drivers, carers and parking providers alike.

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