Brexit: will French blue badges still be valid in UK?

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16 August 2020
By Connexion Journalist

Will my French disabled parking blue badge still be valid in the UK after Brexit?

Disabled blue badges are a European scheme. The system allows people with a British blue badge to park in disabled people’s parking spaces around the EU and holders of similar ‘EU disability parking cards’ can park in the UK.

In France, the fact it is an EU scheme used to be obvious from the name of the card – carte européenne de stationnement. Old cartes de stationnement are still valid to the end of 2026, but are now being replaced by a card called carte mobilité inclusion.
The French government says these still meet the requirements for being an ‘EU disability parking card’ and France has been communicating with its EU neighbours to make sure they recognise it.

There is nothing about such arrangements in the negotiated deal between the EU and UK and it would therefore come under areas that might be discussed as part of the future relationship. Due to the transition period nothing will change before the end of 2020. However after that there will be no automatic obligation for the UK to recognise French cards, or vice versa.

On November 13 2018, the European Commission issued a notice on ‘travelling between the EU and the United Kingdom following withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU’ which stated that “there is no certainty that authorities in the EU and in United Kingdom will maintain the usual practice of mutual recognition of each other’s parking cards for people with disabilities. “This will be a matter for the discretion of these authorities.”

People with disabilities should therefore contact the relevant authorities in advance to avoid problems, an EU source said. A UK government source said discussions are on going with the EU to negotiate continuation of the current reciprocal arrangements in the future. The UK government has stated that it is confident of this being agreed as it is of mutual benefit but says that, if needed, the UK would seek bilateral agreements with individual states on recognition of the badges.

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