Travel and Parking for People with Disabilities

Information on travelling options for people with disabilities in Belgium. Find out how to apply for a 'blue badge' disability parking permit...

Although efforts have been made to improve transport options for people with disabilities, there are still limitations. Wheelchairs are generally carried free of charge on all public transport.

The Accessible Travel Info Point is a service of the Flemish Tourist Board and provides information about travelling in Belgium to those who have a disability.

Taxis

The following taxi company offers transportation for customers who are wheelchair users.

  • Taxi Vert
    Rue des Carburants 54-56 
    B-1190 Brussels
    Tel: 02 349 45 45
    Fax: 02 349 49 00

Parking

Cars parking in disabled parking spaces must display the blue disabled parking card or a European Community blue badge. Contact the local town hall for information on obtaining a blue badge. Forms for the parking card can be obtained from the local Town Hall (Maison Communale/Stadhuis) and must be sent with a medical certificate to the following address:

  • Ministère des Affaires Sociales, de la Santé Publique et de l’Environnement
    Direction d’administration des Prestations aux handicapés, Service Attestations
    At: Rue de la Vierge Noire 3c,  Brussels
    Tel: 02 509 81 11 
    Fax: 02 509 83 80

The blue badge is a standardised European Community disabled person's parking permit which provides parking entitlements to badge holders in all complying European countries - a blue badge from one country is valid in another. A person coming to Belgium from another EU country can apply in their home country for this universal badge which allows the use of reserved parking.

Things to keep in mind:

  • Disabled spaces in car parks reserved for disabled people are marked with a wheelchair symbol
  • Do not park in pedestrian zones or on roads where parking is not allowed
  • Most car parks allow vehicles displaying a disabled parking sign to park free of charge
  • Disabled drivers may park without time restrictions on roads with parking time limits

Drivers with a blue badge from another European country may display these translations beside a badge written in another language (text from the UK Automobile Association):

Parkkarte für Personen mit Behinderungen.
Die Person, die diese Parkkarte
auslegt hat, ist ein
behinderter Besucher aus einem
anderen europäischen Land und zu
den selben Parkvergünstigungen
wie ein behinderter Einwohner
Ihres Landes berechtigt.
EU-MODELL

 

Parkeerkaart voor personen met
een handicap.

De persoon die deze
parkeerkaart gebruikt is een
gehandicapte bezoeker uit een
ander Europees land en heeft recht
op dezelfde parkeerfaciliteiten als
een gehandicapte inwoner van uw land.
MODEL VAN DE EUROPESE
GEMEENSCHAP

 

Carte de stationnement pour
handicapé.

La personne à qui appartient cette
carte de stationnement est un
visiteur handicapé d'un autre pays
de l'Union européenne et a les
mêmes droits en matière de
stationnement qu'une personne
handicapée de votre pays.
VERSION UNION EUROPEENNE

  • For further information on disabled parking in Europe see the Focus on Disability website: Click here