US handicapped (DP) permit

Old Sep 29th, 2015, 06:10 AM
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US handicapped (DP) permit

Is a US handicapped (Disabled Person) tag valid in Belgium and the Netherlands?
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Old Sep 29th, 2015, 06:44 AM
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I did a short search for the situation in the Netherlands and it seems you can use your USA card, but probably on the condition it shows the international wheelchair symbol. I sincerely hope this works for you.
Chances are the situation is the same in Belgium, but that's a guess.
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Old Sep 29th, 2015, 08:48 AM
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You may find the following link useful for explaining what your permit allows, as the rules vary from country to country.
http://ec.europa.eu/justice/discrimi...leaflet_en.pdf

Provided your card clearly shows it is a handicap parking permit, preferably with the wheelchair symbol, and ID of the holder, and you follow the rules as set out above you shouldn't have a problem.
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Old Sep 29th, 2015, 10:17 AM
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Super! Our tag does both the requirements. I note we may get free parking in Belgium, where we will have the car most of the time.

Thanks
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Except on the coast where I've seen some paying parking for handicapped, which I find a shame.

What I know is that the handicapped tag is valid in all Europe - so if yours is valid in one country, it is surely valid in others.
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Except on the coast where I've seen some paying parking for handicapped, which I find a shame.>

Handicapped meters are common in our cities - why should they get a free ride when they already get priority parking?
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Here in civilised Chester the nearest car parking to the centre is free and only for disabled.On sunny days I sit and talk with a one legged Royal Marine and a squaddy from the Mercian regiment amongst others whose injuries are a bit much to list here.
PalenQ would you swap your health and mobility for free parking?
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'why should they get a free ride when they already get priority parking?'

Why indeed.

We should not spoil them.
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For comparison, here in Georgia the handicapped have to pay to park, in Florida, no. I think it has something to do with the fact that more older people--and hence more handicapped people--live in Florida then in Georgia.

But whatever my views are on the justice of the exemption, we will take advantage of it.
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