This is my first post. I’m sorry if I selected the wrong category.
I currently hold a blue badge valid until 2023. As I now live here is it possible to switch it for a French one? Or do they not have a comparable scheme. I live in 24 Dordogne if that makes a difference.
Of course if you want to change it you can, just needs some paperwork. France has changed the name to carte mobilité inclusion and it is more than a parking issue, you get to go to the front of queues and so on.
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
I’m sure you’ve already done a bit of searching online, but having just done my own the situation (surprise, surprise) seems to be a bit of a confusing mess. Unless the information I’ve read is out of date which is certainly possible it seems to be being done on a country by country basis and several countries, including France, no decision/ agreement is in place so it’s a big old ‘who knows?’ so for all intents and purposes, a no.
I suspect it will depend on where you might want to use it.
If in your local town… have a word at you Mairie and ask their advice…
If at a shopping centre… likewise, there should be someone “in charge” to ask the question…
At a monument etc… I’d contact their website and ask the question…