Disabled parking

Cars parked in disabled spaces must display a disabled person's sticker or EU blue badge. This will allow parking in designated spaces.

Parking authorisation cards or blue badges are issued to disabled drivers and passengers by the disabled person's canton of residence. A medical certificate must be shown on application as proof of disability

Parking authorisation cards are valid throughout Switzerland for both Blue Zones and metered parking.

A variety of cards reflect the different circumstances

Cards may be issued to: 

  • a driver with a physical handicap
  • a disabled person regularly transported by another person
  • a person frequently transporting physically disabled people

The card must contain the following information:

  • the type of authorisation card
  • driver identification details and/or full name and address of the beneficiary
  • cantonal issuing office and/or issuing authority's stamp
  • year of validity
  • authorisation number and/or vehicle number;

The card allows

When there is no public or private parking space free:

  • up to four hours parking in a 20 minute zone
  • up to two hours parking in a no parking zone (provided the car is not causing an obstruction)
  • and in some cities, free parking in metered zone (the police will be able to provide information)

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 Switzerland from another EU country may wish to apply in their home country for this universal badge which allows the use of reserved parking.

  • Disabled spaces in car parks reserved for disabled people are marked with a yellow line and wheelchair symbol
  • Do not park if the space is marked with a person's name or vehicle registration number
  • Parking may be allowed for up to 6 hours in areas where parking is restricted by time; check with local authorities
  • Parking is sometimes allowed for up to 2 hours in ZTL areas (roads where traffic is restricted); check with local authorities
  • Parking and driving may be allowed in pedestrian zones; check with local authorities
  • Check signage or with car park attendants as some car parks offer free parking for the disabled

Driver's 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):

Carte de stationnement pour handicapé.

La personne à qui appartient cette carte de stationnement est un visiteur handicapé d'un autre pays de la communauté européenne et a les mêmes droits en matière de stationnement qu'un handicapé de votre pays.


Contrassegno d'invalidita per persone disabili.

La persona che espone questo contrassegno e un visitatore disabile di un altro paese europeo, che ha diritto alle stesse agevolazioni dei disabili residenti nel vostro paese.


Parkkarte für Personen mit Behinderungen.

Die Person, die diese Parkkarte ausgelegt hat, ist ein behinderter Besucher aus einem anderen europäischen Land und zu den selben Parkvergünstigungen wie ein behinderter Einwohner Ihres Landes berechtigt.


Source: Anglo-info Geneva