Disabled Person’s Parking Permit
When And Where Can I Use?
The permit may be used by the disabled person in any vehicle in which they are travelling, either as a driver or as a passenger. People who have the EU Disabled Person’s Parking Permit displayed on their windscreen have certain parking concessions: They may park in assigned disabled person’s parking spaces. These have the wheelchair symbol painted on the ground within the bay or a sign with the symbol thereon displayed. In such spaces allocated by a Local Authorities and Public Bodies extend free parking and it is without a time limit. Where a disabled space is unavailable, a Local Authorities and Public Bodies extend parking of the vehicle transporting the holder in general parking, at parking meters and in disc parking areas without charge and without a time limit.
The laws on parking do not extend to private car parks. Spaces assigned to disabled persons in private or privately operated car parks are operated at the discretion of the car park operator and may incur charges and/or time limits. The private operator may also choose who the spaces are allocated to in the context of overall accessibility although most recognise the EU Disabled Person’s Parking Permit.
The EU Disabled Person’s Parking Permit gives parking entitlements only in areas where parking is allowed; parking in clearway lanes, loading bays and bus corridors is not allowed. Possession of a parking card will not exempt you from being towed in these areas. Parking on double yellow lines is strictly forbidden. Parking on single yellow lines is not recommended, in the event that is necessary, before doing so it is advisable to consult a garda or traffic warden.
The Parking Permit must only be used by the person to whom it is issued. The vehicle on which it is displayed must be parked to facilitate access by the holder, whose name and photograph are displayed on the card. Any abuse / misuse will result in its immediate withdrawal. In addition, those found guilty of fraud in relation to a parking permit (e.g. false declaration at the time of application, forgery of permits, the lending of a permit to another person) are liable on conviction to a maximum fine of €3,000 or a maximum term of 6 months imprisonment.
In Ireland, each EU Parking Permit is issued for a period of two years. The date of expiry is clearly marked on the permit and must clearly visible when being displayed. Each permit has an individual serial number, which must also be visible. An out of date parking permit is invalid and has no entitlements.