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Parking in Paris with a disability

Where and how to park in Paris with a disability and, if necessary, how to contest a fine?

Reserved parking spaces

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A number of parking spaces on the public highway in Paris have been developed and reserved for vehicles used by people with disabilities. To use these parking spaces, the driver or passenger must hold the Carte Mobilité Inclusion (CMI) or the European Parking Card for people with disabilities, which is valid in all member countries of the European Union.

These reserved parking spaces and all surface pay spaces are free for holders of a CMI or a European Parking Card.
There is a time limit for parking in the same space:

  • On mixed lanes, 7 consecutive days (lanes identified by a yellow sticker on parking meters);
  • On rotary lanes (busy shopping streets), it is 24 hours controlled using the European disc, and 2 hours without the European parking card.

To avoid being fined, the card must be clearly displayed inside the vehicle, behind the windscreen, along with the European parking disc. ticket Handi,available on parking meters or application.

Find out more about the location of spaces:

Public car parks

As on the public highway, there are reserved parking spaces in enclosed car parks. To use these spaces, the driver or passenger must also be in possession of a European parking card for people with disabilities, which is valid in all member countries of the European Union.

Find out more:

For visitors from outside Europe

For visitors from outside Europe who do not have a European parking card for people with disabilities, drivers or passengers with disabilities may use the reserved spaces if :

  • their country is an associate member of the European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT, Australia, Canada, South Korea, the United States, Japan, Mexico and New Zealand);
  • their parking card bears the "wheelchair" logo and the name of the holder (to be affixed visibly on the dashboard).

Note: to avoid being fined, the card must be displayed in a prominent place inside the vehicle, behind the windscreen, as well as on the dashboard. ticket Handi, available from parking meters or application.

However, the police are not used to foreign parking cards, especially as there are as many different ones as there are states in the United States. If you are fined, simply contest the fine, stating that your country is an associate member of the ECMT and quoting Resolution 97/4.

Find out more :

Accommodation with private parking

Some hotels and tourist residences offer private car parks as part of their services. You will need to contact the accommodation to make sure that some of the parking spaces are specially equipped.

Challenging a parking fine for using an adapted parking space in Paris

If you have received a fine for parking in a space reserved for people with disabilities and you would like to dispute it, we can help. Here you will find all the steps to take: providing proof, drafting and sending the appeal, and follow-up of your appeal

1. Verification and collection of proof

When you park in a space reserved for people with disabilities, check the conditions of use and be sure to respect them.

Before disputing your fine, it is important to check the reason why it was issued.

Gather as much evidence as possible to support your claim:

  • disability parking card or disability ID card (proof required)
  • parking ticket (proof optional)
  • photo of the vehicle parked in the reserved space (proof optional)

You don't have to pay the fine to make a complaint

2. Drafting the appeal

The fine must be contested within 45 days of the date on which the fine was issued. Once this period has elapsed, no appeal is possible.

To do this, you must submit an appeal including:

  • the fine
  • the vehicle registration certificate
  • your disability parking card or disability ID card
  • any other additional evidence you may have

Your appeal can be:

  • made online, on the official website of the Agence nationale de traitement automatisé des infraction - ANTAI
  • sent by post - only for fines issued in Paris - by registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt, using the form attached to the ticket, at the following address: :
    Ville de Paris
    Centre de numérisation des RAPO FPS
    TSA 21232
    75621 Paris Cedex 13

3. Follow-up of the appeal

Once your appeal has been submitted, you will receive notification or a letter with the decision that has been made, either:

  • the objection is admissible: you do not have to pay anything
  • the objection is rejected: you must pay the fine

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