Parking Permit

Parking Permit

The Disabled Person’s Parking Permit is issued on behalf of the Department of Transport by the Disabled Drivers Association.

We are getting reports of parking permits falling down the dash of cars and it may be costly to get them back as the garage may have to dismantle your dashboard, so please be careful when placing them on the dash.

We sell a wallet to hold your parking permit in place, the wallet  costs €2. If you require one please contact us on 094 9364054 or download the application form and return it to DDAI Ballindine, Claremorris, Co. Mayo with fee enclosed.

Find out more about the Disabled Persons Parking Permit

What is the EU Parking Card

What is the EU Parking Card


If you have the EU disabled person’s parking permit/card displayed on your windscreen you have certain parking concessions. You may park in assigned disabled person’s parking spaces.  These spaces have the wheelchair symbol painted on the ground or have a sign with the symbol displayed. Most accessible parking bays are located near amenities including: shops, post offices, education places, work, social events, banks, etc. The idea of the EU parking permit is that if you travel to any EU country you are entitled to park in a disabled persons parking space/bay. If you are travelling outside the EU it is advised that you contact the relevant embassy for that country.

Who Qualifies

Who Qualifies

Qualifying Medical Criteria

The medical criteria for issue of the EU parking permit are strict and only persons whose mobility is severely and permanently restricted qualify. These criteria were revised and clarified in the Department of Transport’s ‘Review of the Disabled Parking Scheme 2010’. The primary legislation for the purposes of EU parking permit defines a disabled person as:

“A person with a permanent condition or disability that severely restricts their ability to walk”

How to Apply

How To Apply

The EU parking permit is issued on behalf of the Department of Transport by the Disabled Drivers Association.  There is an administration chrage of €35 per parking card.  The card is valid for two years. 

To apply for an EU parking permit from DDAI a Primary Medical Certificate holder should furnish a copy of their certificate or their vehicle registration certificate showing tax exemption and including a brief outline of their disability and mobility difficulties. A person who is registered blind should obtain a certificate of their registration from the National Council of the Blind in Ireland (NCBI) and submit to our address as listed below.

How to Renew or Replace

How To Renew Or Replace

To Renew:

The EU parking permit must be renewed every two years.  An out of date parking permit is invalid and has no entitlements.

The DDAI automatically issue renewal forms to cardholders approximately three weeks prior to the card expiring with full instructions on how to renew. Renewal notices will be sent to the address to which the original permit was sent. In the event of a change of address it is important that you advice us in writing to the address below.

Where and When Can I Use

When And Where Can I Use

Conditions For Use

The permit may be used by the disabled person in any vehicle in which they are travelling, either as a driver or as a passenger.

The laws on parking do not extend to private car parks.  Spaces assigned to disabled persons in private or privately operated car parks are operated at the discretion of the car park operator and may incur charges and/or time limits.  The private operator may also choose who the spaces are allocated to in the context of overall accessibility although most recognise the EU parking permit.

Penalties For Misuse

Penalties For Misuse

The EU Parking Permit must be renewed every two years.  An out of date parking permit is invalid and has no entitlements. Parking penalties then apply. The Road Traffic Act 2002 empowers the Minister for Transport to apply a fixed charge system to breaches of road traffic law and from 3 April 2006 the offence of illegally parking in a disabled person’s parking bay was brought within the remit of this enforcement regime.  Where illegal parking in a disabled person’s bay is detected, a member of An Garda Siochána or a traffic warden employed by a local authority can issue a Fixed Charge Notice.  The person liable to be prosecuted for the offence has the option, in lieu of going to court, of making a fixed charge payment in the amount of €80 within 28 days from issue of the Notice or to pay that amount increased by 50%, i.e. a fixed charge in the amount of €120 within the next 28 day period.  If no payment is received within 56 days, court prosecution proceedings are initiated.

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