- 27 Jun, 2014
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Coping with the hassle of airports is always stressful, but spare a thought for the millions of travellers with disabilities and special needs who find the whole experience even more of a headache.
Airports and airlines have become increasingly clued-up with regards to helping once you are in the terminal, but what about parking? Will there be anyone to help, and what needs to be done ahead of arrival to make sure it all works smoothly?
A few points apply to all airports:
– With security high at airports, the normal Blue Badge system does not apply on the roads around them and if you fall foul of the rules you can expect to be towed away and have a hefty fine imposed for recovery of the vehicle.
– If you want to park in a Blue Badge space but also need to take your badge abroad with you, this is normally possible by contacting the operator before you leave the car park so that they can see your badge.
– If you are unable to reach the payment machine, there should be an assistance button to press for help.
– Parking charges normally apply, although, at Gatwick for instance, you will only pay standard rate even although the Blue Badge spaces in the short-term car park are in the Premium area.
– Meet and Greet car parking can be the best bet for people with disabilities or special needs. Purple Parking automatically upgrades all Blue Badge holders to their Meet and Greet service at no extra cost.
– If you have an unusual special need, have a look on online forums for advice. The chances are that someone else will have had experience and be willing to offer tips and advice.
– It goes without saying that you should always allow plenty of time for your transfer from the car park to the terminal.