Disabled car parking in France

 

I am able-bodied but I never park in designated disabled car park spaces because I understand the challenges people face that may need closer access to shops, services and facilities in towns or cities.

Having limited access to parking can present barriers to those who have walking difficulty, use a wheelchair or have impaired vision (high kerbs, poorly designed and located street furniture).

Today, I saw a delivery truck take up a disabled parking spot for a few minutes while he unloaded his truck.  No one else needed the space at that time, but that’s not the point.  The spaces have a purpose and are clearly marked as designated spaces.

I often see blatant abuse of these spaces by drivers dashing into pharmacies or bakeries, picking up their children from school or unloading goods from delivery trucks.

(image: flickr)

(image: flickr)

So, I thought I would write a more detailed blog post for tourists who may visit the French Riviera and are struggling to find information in English on the rules and regulations for disabled parking.

I hope you find my post informative, any feedback is welcome and appreciated.

The EU Blue Parking Card

European Member States have a common parking card for people with reduced mobility – the EU Blue Parking Card (or disc). It looks like this (click on link): EUbadgeE

If you are visiting from the United Kingdom you are also entitled to use your UK Blue Badge when in France.

In 1978, the ECMT (European Conference of Ministers  of Transport) agreed that all Member Countries of the ECMT would grant the same parking concessions to people with disabilities as they offered their own nationals.   In 1999, this also extended to 7 non-EU Associated Countries being Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, New Zealand and United States.

This means that disabled motorists from all ECMT Member and Associate countries are now entitled to the same parking concessions as nationals in all ECMT Countries.

The only condition is the display of a badge showing the international wheelchair symbol and the motorists name.

List of countries where their own disability parking badges can be used in France

Australia **

Austria

Belgium

Canada **

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia

Finland

France (of course!)

Germany

Greece

Hungary

Iceland

Ireland (Republic of)

Italy

Japan **

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Malta

Mexico **

Netherlands

New Zealand **

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Slovakia

Slovenia

South Korea **

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

United Kingdom

United States **

** Special note for non-EU Associated Countries:  Your countries parking card must have a ‘wheelchair’ logo and your name clearly displayed on the car dashboard.  There is a risk of being verbalized by the police who are not always familiar with foreign parking cards, as there are so many different ones from one country to another. If this happens, you can challenge the ‘infringement’ by making it clear that your country is an associate member of ECMT (‘CEMT’ in French) and by citing ‘Resolution n°97/4’.

For ECMT countries, you can print this French translation to accompany your parking badge (click on link) notice_france

(image: flickrhivemind)

(image: flickrhivemind)

Disabled parking rules in France

On roads and in car parks, parking places reserved for disabled people are marked with a wheelchair symbol.

Parking on roads – Do not park on roads where waiting is prohibited.
You may park beyond the time limit on roads where parking is free but restricted by time. Check locally to establish what the concession is.
Except for Paris where any vehicle with a parking badge can park for free on roads, you must pay to park on roads where payment is required.
Do not drive or park in pedestrian zones.

Parking in car parks – Car parks do not generally offer concessions to vehicles displaying a disabled person’s parking card.

Disabled parking at Nice Airport

Persons with disabilities and reduced mobility : You can park  on levels P2 or P5 (4 days minimum), show your disability card to a cashier when you return and enjoy P8 long term car park fees (subject to availability).

Locations of disabled parking spaces (handicap stationnement)

For specifics of disabled parking on the French Riviera, search on http://parking.handicap.fr by entering a town into the search box. A sample search for Nice is here: http://parking.handicap.fr/places-de-parking.php?sel_sch_city=Nice

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COMPETITION – Win a stay at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes!

There are just a few days left to win a weekend at the InterContinental Carlton in Cannes.

To be eligible to enter the draw, you must book a parking slot with Click & Park at Nice Airport until 18 June 2014.  Don’t you think it would be amazing to win a dream weekend for two in one of the French Riviera’s most iconic hotels, the Inter-Continental Carlton?

Prolong last month’s Film Festival in the bright and elegant Belle Époque decor by staying in one of the Junior Suites of this famous luxury hotel on the Croisette.

Your Junior Suite, consisting of a bedroom and a sitting room, offers a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean.

Wake up following morning to a Champagne breakfast!!

You can then make the most of your day on the beach…Under the Mediterranean skies, enjoy an oasis opening onto Cannes bay, a restaurant by the shore, a pontoon, a setting bathed in sunlight…

You will also enjoy lunch for two!!!

Put simply, the Carlton spirit – A sense of well-being, a fine sandy beach, a sun-drenched pontoon, the smell of the sea. Life is good under the Mediterranean sun.

To find out more about the hotel and it’s facilities, click on the link http://www.intercontinental-carlton-cannes.com/en/your-stay-in-cannes/1-bedroom-suite/

Notes for competition entry:

Click & Park is very user-friendly.  Book via the Nice Airport website www.nice.aeroport.fr to reserve your carparking.  They even have search options for persons who have restricted mobility to search for available designated spaces.  The parking layout map for Nice Airport is here below:

Map of parking at Nice Airport

Map of parking at Nice Airport

After purchasing your parking slot, you will receive a booking confirmation. The email has a banner at the bottom of page; click on it.

An email will be sent to relationclients@cote-azur.aeroport.fr to confirm you will take part in the “Prolong the festival” prize draw.

This order confirmation e-mail serves as proof of purchase.

This dream weekend for two includes 2 nights in one Junior Suite – Champagne breakfast – 1 beach pass – 1 lunch on the beach (conditions apply as per Click & Park competition regulations available on Nice Airport website).