i have a handicap tag for my car here in the states, but know that it is not usable in another country. does anyone know how i would go about getting one for travel for our vacation in the uk?
At the website www.tourismforall.org.uk I found the information that most places will accept the US Handicapped parking id card and window hanger. Check it out at the above website.
I would be very, very cautious. Many cities and towns in the UK use private parking attendants and run their parking operations in order to make money, and some - like the ones here in Edinburgh - can be uber, over-the-top strict. They've ticketed ambulances, people going in to renew handicap tags and people who are paying for their parking among others. I can't see them being at all sympathetic to US tags - if they don't recognize them as the standard UK, they will almost certainly give you a ticket. Common sense and sympathy don't enter into their minds.
If you are renting a car, I would contact the agency because I'd guess they would know about such things. Also if you are spending a lot of time in one city, you might want to contact the tourist bureau and/or city gov't to find out what will and won't work.
thanks for those who gave information. i will take mine along, and also check with the car rental company. thanks!
My husband and I rented a car for 5 weeks in the Highlands and Islands. We took my state issued handicapped parking tag and did not have one incident. If we had a choice, we did use alternative parking options. If handicapped parking was do or die...we pulled right in. No one ever questioned us or gave questionable looks even in Edinburgh.