Using a copy of the disabled parking card will lead to a fine
Anyone with a disabled parking card must always use the original. Use of a copy of the disabled parking card will result in a fine. This can pose a dilemma for you when you go on vacation and need the card in your car parked at the airport as well as at your vacation address. There is no solution for this problem in 2019. Leaving your car at the airport with a copy of your disabled parking card will result in a fine. One must go to court to have it canceled.
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- Disabled parking card: driver card and passenger card
- Disabled parking card is not vehicle-related
- Where can you park with a disabled parking card?
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- Park your car at home or at the airport and use a disabled parking card while on holiday
Disabled parking card: driver card and passenger card
Anyone with a disability and meeting certain conditions can apply for a disabled parking card or a disabled parking card in the Netherlands. For drivers of a car, this is one driver card. This can be claimed if one cannot walk independently for more than 100 meters for at least six months and has a driving license. Those who do not drive a car themselves, but who are also unable to walk independently for more than 100 meters for at least six months, can claim one passenger card. This requires continuous assistance from the driver of a vehicle from door to door. Permanent wheelchair users can also apply for a combined disabled parking card.
Every resident of a Dutch municipality can apply for the card at his or her own municipality. A medical examiner determines during a medical examination whether you meet the conditions for the use of a disabled parking card. The card is issued for a period of five years and can then be extended for another five years, possibly after a new inspection. Those who are not registered in a Dutch municipality can apply for a disabled parking card at the Centraal Bureau Rijvaardigheidsbewijzen (CBR).
Disabled parking card is not vehicle-related
In both cases, the disabled parking card is personal and not vehicle-related. It says on the card no license plate states the car in which it may be used. This allows a driver to use the card in multiple cars and a passenger to be transported by different people.
Where can you park with a disabled parking card?
There are three types of disabled parking spaces in the Netherlands. Card holders are allowed to park at any time in a general disabled parking space, recognizable by the blue traffic sign with a white P and a white wheelchair symbol. There are also disabled parking spaces on license plate. These often belong to the residence of a cardholder and may not be used by owners of other vehicles. There is also a disabled parking space on license plate with time indication. These may only be used during the hours stated on the corresponding sign, by the owner of the car with the relevant registration number.
Dutch applicants for a disabled parking card will receive a European disabled parking card. It can be used in all countries of the European Union and in Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Sweden and Switzerland. In doing so, the local rules regarding the use of the card must be observed.
Park your car at home or at the airport and use a disabled parking card while on holiday
What if you go on holiday, leave your own car at home or park at the airport and use a rented car or someone else’s car while on holiday? If you leave your own car at home, it is best to try to park it in a regular parking lot shortly before departure. You do not need the card in the car and you can take it with you on holiday. However, this becomes more complicated when you go on holiday alone or as the sole holder of a driving license and need a disabled parking space at the airport of departure. You must then leave the card in the car to legally leave your car there during your holiday. However, you also need this at your holiday address. Leaving a copy behind in your parked car seems like a good solution, but this is not allowed by the legislator. You must keep your original disabled parking card in the car at all times. If you fail to do this, you can be fined. There is no solution for this problem in 2019.
Disabled parking card owner Arnold van der Voort told his story in De Telegraaf in November 2017. The man left for vacation and left his car with a copy of his disabled parking card at Schiphol Airport. On his return, he was fined ?? 360 for parking his car without a valid parking ticket. The Public Prosecution Service agreed that this was an impossible issue and canceled 90% of the ticket. Because Van der Voort still had nothing to do with the reduced fine, he went to court and was upheld. However, this does not mean that no more fines will be issued in similar cases. Until the legislation has changed, everyone in the same situation will be fined for parking their car using a copy of a disabled parking card. Anyone who wants to get rid of the fine will have to go to court to have it canceled.