Travel by Car
Before you travel by car to or from the UK it is vital that you check with the Automobile Association as to what documents you will be required to have. Their disability helpline is 0800 262050.
Any disabled motorists with a Blue Badge are free to park in the UK. There are some Central London Boroughs which have different regulations that involve issuing a special parking permit restricting the mobility around the Capital. The Boroughs involved include City of London, Westminster, Kensington, Chelsea and Camden. If you require to travel to any parts of Central London by car we would advise that you contact the Association of Local Government Transport (New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4TG - Tel. 020 7747 4767) to enquire about parking opportunities.
For overseas visitors, there are no reciprocal arrangements between Britain and the USA. Most places, however, with the exception of the before mentioned areas of Central London, will honour the US sticker provided that the car is parked in a safe and sensible manner. The rules in place with regards to disabled badge holders from abroad differs dependent upon the country you are visiting from. It is therefore extremely advisable that you check with authorities in your own country about the restrictions you may face in the UK before travelling.
Hire cars with special features are not plentiful and so if one is required we advise that you book it as far in advance as is possible. Please click on the logo below to view the information from our corporate sponsor Adapted Vehicle Hire, who have the largest fleet of adapted vehicles available for hire.
Airport car park operators will accept Blue Badges. Displaying your badge will mean you may be eligible for a discounted rate at both short and long stay car parks on site.
Once again there is no reciprocal agreement between the USA and the UK, however most places, with the exception of the before mentioned areas of Central London, will honour the US sticker provided that the car is parked in a safe and sensible manner.
If you are a Non-EU visitor you may not be eligible for a discounted rate and you will even sometimes be required to pay the long term fees regardless of your length of stay. We again recommend that you check this out at the airport before departing for the UK.
Useful Tips for London
- Central London operates a congestion charge between 07:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday. Click here for a map
- Disabled peoples' cars that have exemption from Vehicle Excise Duty are also exempt from the London Congestion Charge.
- Blue Badge holders in the EEA are able to register for a 100% London Congestion Charge discount. Registration takes 10 days to be administered and does cost £10. Registration lasts for one year but can be annually renewed free of charge. Click here to find out more. Please note that the discount only applies to the person who is the holder of the Blue Badge and not to the vehicle being used.
- London has a limited number of marked spaces for Blue Badge holders and so it is very important to be aware of the location of these spaces. A full list of spaces, car parks and other useful information for London is provided in the 'Blue Badge Parking Guide' which costs £5.99 and can be purchased from the publishers. Click here to visit their website, or call 0844 847 0875.