Parking for wheelchair users

  • Parking for wheelchair users

    Posted by Rodrigo on March 30, 2023 at 7:21 am

    Hello, everyone.

    i have some doubts about parking areas. As a foreigner am i allowed to use the priority parking for wheelchair users or do i need to get some permission before I arrive? I have permission certificate and card to parking in these priority area in my country but I don’t know if i would get in trouble to parking my car in priority area as foreigner.

    I’ll appreciate any additional info.

    Thanks,

    Rodrigo

    Josh Grisdale replied 10 months, 4 weeks ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Josh Grisdale

    Moderator
    March 30, 2023 at 11:29 am

    Hi there

    I would divide up the purposes of the wheelchair permit.

    There is an official permit that requires you to take your Japanese disability ID to the police department to apply (taking a few weeks). You get a special sign to put in your windshield with an erasable marker so you can write where you have gone in case the police etc want to ask you to move. But that is because the permit is for letting you park on the street in otherwise ticket-able areas (ie on a small road in front of a store).

    Parking spaces at malls, convenience stores etc with a parking lot are on private property and are a requirement for the owner to have, but unenforced in terms of getting a ticket for parking there without a permit. In fact, most people who need it find it in use by a driver who doesn’t need and the government’s only recourse has been to create a poster campaign saying “please don’t park there if you don’t need it!”

    So, as a visitor without an “official” permit, avoid parking on the street, or other no-parking areas etc. But, there should be no issue parking in a parking lot’s accessible parking space.

    I would bring your permit (or maybe a color copy), or some sort of wheelchair sign, to put in your window to let others know you are parking there with a reason.

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