The Blue Badge parking scheme was first launched in 1970. It is an EU wide scheme and there is a reciprocal arrangement with all EU countries so that disabled drivers can use their permit to park when they travel abroad. In 1998, the EU Member States agreed to recognise Blue Badge parking permits of a common format issued in all EU countries.
There are about 12 million people with a disability in the UK, and about two and a half million people currently have a Blue Badge parking permit.
It is almost certain that the UK will not be part of the EU after Brexit. There has been no official documents published to disclose the information surrounding Blue Badge Permit holders after Brexit; however, it is very unlikely that Brexit would lead to the UK changing the format of their Blue Badge. Therefore, it should be continued to be recognised as normal across other EU countries in the same way as those issued in Switzerland and Norway, although there is no guarantee that this reciprocal agreement would remain if Britain was not in the EU.
The EU Air Passengers Regulation 2006 requires operators to provide help to disabled passengers travelling in the EU. It was a European directive which established the rights of the disabled to access travel by air. Assistance through airports, help boarding and getting off planes, and the transport of mobility aids all make it possible for persons of restricted mobility to enjoy independent air travel.
Currently there is no guarantee that these services would continue in the event of Britain leaving the EU. As these arrangements do not create a profit, British companies maybe unwilling to continue to offer the service if they are not legally bound to do so.
If the UK leaves the EU, motorists travelling to Europe from the UK would need to carry a Green Card as proof of third party motor insurance cover when driving. UK motor insurance providers will continue to be required to provide third party motor insurance cover for travel to EEA countries.
Only time will tell the real outcome for disabled travellers and Brexit. Blue Badge Co will be sure to follow all changes to legislation closely and will keep this page updated.