Travelling in Ireland – by Car

Hire of Adapted Vehicles

For information on the hire of vehicles with adaptations for disabled drivers \ passengers please contact the Irish Wheelchair Association or Motability Ireland.

Speed Limits

Speed limits in Ireland are in kilometers per hour (km/h). In general, the speed limits are 50 km/h in towns and cities, 80 km/h on regional and local Roads, 100 km/h on national roads and 120 km/h on motorways. Some areas have other speed limits and these are shown in km/h as you enter the area.

Toll Roads

Information regarding toll exemptions for disabled drivers is available from the National Roads Authority.

 The Blue Badge Scheme / Disabled Parking Permit

If you have been issued with a disabled persons’ parking permit (commonly referred to as the Blue Parking Card or Blue Badge), then you can use it here as long as it contains the recognised pictorial symbol of a person sitting in a wheelchair. It allows you to use the designated disabled parking spaces provided on street. There is no need to display a time clock when you use your Blue Badge in Ireland. Remember, a Blue Badge is not a license to park anywhere. You still have to obey the rules of the road and should not park where it would endanger, inconvenience or obstruct pedestrians or other road users.

On 1st June 2011 new traffic and parking regulations were introduced which revise the criteria for eligibility for a Disabled Person’s Parking Permit from a focus on type of medical condition to a focus on level of mobility impairment. The Regulations also remove the exemption of permit holders from the rule against parking again in a public space within one hour. Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 (S.I. No. 239 of 2011).

The parking concessions provided under the Blue Badge scheme only apply to on-street parking in designated spaces. They do not apply in multi-storey car parks, for instance, although disabled spaces are provided generally in the most accessible locations, where permit/badge holders usually have to pay. However, many supermarkets and shopping centres designate specific bays for disabled persons’ parking.

In Ireland, disabled persons’ parking permits (Blue Badge) may be issued by local authorities, the Irish Wheelchair Association and the Disabled Drivers Association. The permits have national application. Permits are granted to eligible disabled persons and may be issued to a disabled person who is a driver or to a disabled person who is a passenger. The form of the permit allows for its recognition in other EU member states.

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