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FIA Guide for the Disabled Traveller: Now also in French, German and Italian


 


Press Release

Brussels, 02 December 2011



Which countries have a disability parking card scheme? Where and when can it be used? What parking privileges are available? Will the parking card of a visitor from another country be recognised? The answers to these questions and others for around 130 countries worldwide can be found in the FIA Guide for the disabled traveller.
 
And to mark this year’s UN International Day for Persons with Disabilities on 3 December 2011, the FIA is launching a major update of its online guide for disabled travellers (www.fiadisabledtravellers.com) so that it is now also accessible in French, German and Italian.
 
“The FIA’s guiding principle is to ensure safe, affordable and clean mobility for all.  Our comprehensive online guide helps disabled drivers in their day-to-day mobility by providing information on their right to parking privileges worldwide,” said Christian Scholly, Chairman of the FIA Legal & Consumer Working Group in Brussels.  
 
In line with this initiative, the FIA is also supporting the European Disability Forum’s 2011 campaign on ‘Freedom of Movement’. The campaign aims at combating the barriers to freedom of movement experienced by persons with disabilities wishing to make use of their right to work or study in – or simply visit - another Member State.
 
“Mobility is one of the most important pre-conditions to social inclusion as it enables citizens to remain independent and active in their local communities”, said Mr Scholly, who added, “We fully support the European Disability Forum’s campaign on free movement for all: in our view, persons with disabilities should face no additional burdens in their day to day mobility.”
 
Knowing which countries accept the parking card of a disabled visitor from another country is essential information for disabled travellers; and so is being aware of the local parking rules and concessions, which vary between countries, and even within countries. 
 
The FIA’s advice to disabled travellers visiting another country is:

  • Check the country’s entry in The FIA Guide for the disabled traveller to see if your parking card will be accepted —and what kind of local parking rules are in place.
  • Because there can be local variations that we are not aware of, when you arrive check again if your parking card can be used — local people, police and parking officials will want to help, so don’t be afraid to ask!
  • Take advantage of the parking concessions only if you are sure your parking card can be used.

Note to Editors:
 
The FIA Brussels Office
The FIA Brussels Office represents 104 Touring and Motoring Clubs in the European Union, as well as Africa and the Middle East, which total more than 36 million members. The FIA represents the interest of these members as motorists, public transport users, pedestrians and tourists.
 
The FIA’s primary goal is to secure a mobility that is safe, affordable, sustainable and efficient. With these aims in mind the work focuses on Road Safety, Consumer Protection, Environmental Protection, and the promotion of Sustainable Motoring.
 
European Model Parking Card
Almost all EU and EEA countries issues a ‘European Model Parking Card’ that is similar in wording, size and shape — as well as colour (blue). These countries also recognise the parking card of visitors from other EU and EEA countries. This enables parking privileges to be given to disabled persons of the EU or EEA country they are visiting.      
 
The blue parking card can also be used in some countries outside Europe. For example, New Zealand, and individual states in Australia and Canada either recognise the parking card or will issue a temporary visitor parking card. The blue parking card is also recognised in a number of US states, as well as in some South American and Asian countries.  
 
Knowing which countries accept the parking card of a disabled visitor from another country is essential information for disabled travellers; and so is being aware of the local parking rules and concessions, which vary between countries, and even within countries.   
 
United Nations' (UN) International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Since 1992, the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities is annually held on 3 December. It aims to increase the understanding of the issues around disabilities and attention to the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.
 
It also aims to increase the awareness of the gains for everybody if disabled persons are integrated into all aspects of political, social, economic and cultural life and raising money for resources for persons with disabilities.
 
European Disability Forum (EDF) campaign on ‘Freedom of Movement’
More information about the EDF campaign is available on the website: http://www.edf-feph.org/Page_Generale.asp?DocID=13854&thebloc=27027.
 


More Information
For more information please contact Niall Carty, Communications Manager, FIA Region I: ncarty@fia.com (Tel: 0032 2 282 0812 or 0032 486 650 216).


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