Parking is the act of stopping a vehicle and leaving it unoccupied for more than a brief time. It is against the law virtually everywhere to park a vehicle in the middle of a highway or road; parking on one or both sides of a road, however, is commonly permitted. Parking facilities are constructed in combination with most buildings, to facilitate the coming and going of the buildings’ users.
A Disabled Person’s Parking Permit, otherwise known as a ‘Blue Badge’, ‘disabled parking permit’, ‘handicapped permit’, or ‘disabled badge’ is a permit that can be displayed in a vehicle carrying a person whose mobility would be otherwise significantly impaired by one or more of age, illness, disability or infirmity. The permit allows partial or total exemption from charges or penalties associated with the parking of a motor vehicle used by a badge-holder, and shows entitlement to use of dedicated parking bays and off-street parking (where they are provided). The concession extends in some places to partial or total exemption from tolls or general prohibitions on where a vehicle can be driven. Since 2000, all general disabled parking permits in the European Union (EU) have been standardised to a common style and blue colour, leading to the officially-used designation ‘Blue Badge’. A Blue Badge issued in one country of the EU is generally given equal recognition in others with various exceptions as described for the countries below. (wikipedia.org)