Driving in Israel for the Disabled Oleh
 
 
June 2017
 
The disabled oleh must go to the local Femi Premium or Teldor office to exchange his license.  In addition to the road test the disabled person will be referred to a special guidance course at a driver’s institute of the Ministry of Transportation (Misrad HaTachbura), that will provide instruction on what kind of special requirements the disabled person must have for his car (hand controls etc.) For branches for both offices: http://he.mot.gov.il/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=109&Itemid=151
 
Once the disabled oleh has his driver’s license and his disability (nechut) has been determined, he may be eligible for a car allowance from the mobility (nayadut) department of Bituach Leumi (National Insurance Institute).  The oleh should make an appointment before going to the nayadut department and check with them what he needs to bring.
 
Driving Permists for the Disabled Oleh
April 2017
 
Vehicles with disabled parking permits may park in areas designated for the disabled and in places where parking is not normally permitted.
  • One can get one parking permit for two vehicles, if both are used to transport the handicapped person (including two vehicles not owned by the handicapped person, but they use regularly).
  • According to the law, the permit may only be used if the person with disabilities is in the vehicle (as a driver or passenger).
  • In many cases, vehicles with disabled parking permits may park for free on sidewalks marked in blue and white. Due to the fact that this is not a national regulation, the specifics should be checked with each local authority. According to the Haifa, Tel Aviv and Beer Sheva call centers, this is the case in those jurisdictions.
  • According to the law, someone with a disabled parking permit may park for free in public pay parking if the only accessible approach to a public place is through that parking area.
  • As of January 2009, parking permits are issued in a new hard casing. When parking, the permit must be placed on the left front window of the vehicle or the driver's side window such that it can be seen clearly.
  • When the new permits became valid, all old permits were canceled and their use was prohibited.
  • A parking permit for the permanently disabled is valid for eight years. A few weeks before the permit expires, it will be renewed automatically by the Licensing Bureau (Misrad HaRishui) and sent to the permit holder's home, without any need to go to the Licensing Bureau in person.
Types of permits issued to those who are eligible:
  • A blue badge with the symbol of a wheelchair - for the handicapped requiring a wheelchair or vehicle traffic due to their limited mobility.
  • A tag with a green triangle symbol - those who are confined to a wheelchair.
  • Both types (the blue wheelchair icon and the green icon) that has a flower on it - for disabled IDF veterans.
  • The disabled parking law makes no distinction between the different types of tags.
  • Vehicles with a wheelchair symbol may travel in the lane for public transport when the person with a disability is in the vehicle.
Someone who is suffering from an illness or disease which causes difficulty in walking or mobilizing that is harmful to their health, or confined to their home as stated in their medical reports are eligible for a disabled parking permit. 
Definition and Criteria for disabled status according to the Ministry of Transportation
A person who has a government doctor's written confirmation that says that:
  • He is a disabled person who needs a vehicle as means of transportation due to his disabled legs.
  • He has walking limitations and in need of a wheelchair.
  • His handicap percentage reaches 60% at least, and he could not travel without the vehicle without harming his medical state.
  • He is blind or a holders of a Certificate of Blindness/Visual Impairment
How to claim it?
You must have the following documentation when requesting a disabled parking permit:
  1. Disabled vehicle permit request and vehicle registration exemption form
  2. Photocopy of identification card (teudat zehut) + attachment (sefach)
  3. Photocopy of vehicle registrations
  4. A letter signed by the applicant indicating the number of tags requested (up to two vehicles).
  5. People with limited mobility of all ages must have approval from the Ministry of Health that they require a vehicle for mobility purposes due to disability in their legs or that their level of disability is at least 60% and that mobility without a vehicle is liable to be hazardous to their health. If they do not have approval from the Ministry of Health, up-to-date and detailed medical documentation from a doctor(s) indicating their mobility capacity must be submitted.
  6. Those with medical disability of 60% or higher must attach a copy of the protocol from the National Insurance Institute medical committee.
  7. Chronic hemodialysis patients must bring approval from the dialysis facility.
  8. In the following cases, approvals from relevant bodies and institutions are required as detailed:
    • IDF disabled veterans - Applicants must make sure that there is approval from the Ministry of Defense (the approval should be transferred automatically to the Vehicle Licensing Bureau (Misrad HaRishui)'s system.
    • Holocaust survivors - Applicants must bring approval from the Holocaust Survivors Department of the Ministry of Finance that they are disabled and that mobility without a vehicle is liable to be hazardous to their health.
    • Victims of hostile acts - Applicants must bring approval from the Hostile Actions. Casualties Department of the National Insurance Institute that they are disabled and that mobility without a vehicle is liable to be hazardous to their health.
    • Blind individuals - Applicants must make sure that there is approval from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services (the approval should be transferred automatically to the Vehicle Licensing Bureau (Misrad HaRishui)'s system.
  9. If the applicant is not the vehicle owner, the following documentation must be attached:
    • If the vehicle is registered under the name of the applicant’s children/spouse: Identification card (teudat zehut) + attachment (sefach) of the applicant and the car’s owner in order to prove their familial relationship.
    • If the vehicle is registered to a guardian: Guardian appointment order with a court stamp.
    • If the vehicle is registered under the name of an in-law/friend/life partner: Signed affidavits from a lawyer indicating that the vehicle is used by the applicant.
    • If the vehicle is registered under the name of an employer: Confirmation from the employer that the applicant is an employee and that the vehicle is under his/her possession.
    • If the vehicle is registered under a leasing company:
      • A lease agreement with the applicant with the logo of the leasing company and the number of private vehicles registered.
      • The leasing company logos and signs (with permission), indicating that the vehicle was purchased private financing deal to date X Date Y for approval to include the number of the disabled vehicle and details (name and ID number).
      • Photocopy of identification card (teudat zehut) + attachment (sefach)
    • If the vehicle is used as a taxi, a lease agreement must be signed by a lawyer.
    • A vehicle belonging to an organization used to transport the disabled:
      • Formal approval from the Register of Association of Non-Profits or other relevant official bodies that are organizations aimed at assistance or transportation facilities.
      • Deposition signed in front of an attorney that the vehicle is designed to transport the disabled and that the use of the tag will only be used when transporting disabled people.
  10. The application form along with the documents should be sent to:
Ministry of Transport and Road Safety
The Unit for Limited Mobility - Update and Control Center
(היחידה לטיפול במוגבלי ניידות במרכז עדכון ובקרה)
PO Box 72, Holon 58100
  • The request can also be made online (select "disabled parking badge application"). Attach the online application form and relevant documents as a ZIP file.
  • There is no need to go to the Vehicle Licensing Bureau.
  • As of 02.01.2011, handicapped parking permit requests will be handled within 90 days of arrival of the request to the Unit for the Limited Mobility.
  • It is recommended to keep up to date on the status of the request, at least three weeks after submission, through the National Information Center - Human Response, which is available in Hebrew, Arabic, and Russian.
Call center for inquiries: 1-222-56-78 or *5678
Hours of operation: Sunday-Thursday 07:00-20:00, Friday and Holiday eves 07:00-13:00
  • Tags are valid for 8 years. Toward the end of the period, a new one will be sent without needing to go to the Vehicle Licensing Bureau.
Reduced registration fee
  • One of the vehicles is entitled to exemption from the licensing fee (payment of only a 27 NIS reduced fee).
  • Application for the exemption is submitted on the application form for a disabled parking permit.
Retroactive reimbursement
  • You may receive a retroactive reimbursement for the proportional portion of the registration fee which was paid in full (before receiving the permit).
  • The determining date for purposes of reimbursement is the date disability was approved or the date eligible vehicle ownership was transferred.
  • You must fill out and submit a registration fee reimbursement request or you may also fill out and send an online form (only works with Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers).
  • Attach together with the form:
    • Photocopy of a blank check to verify bank details.
    • Photocopy of fees paid
    • Photocopy of identification card (teudat zehut) + attachment (sefach)
    • Photocopy of car license
  • A parent who is the legal guardian of a child with disabilities over the age of 18 must attach the court appointment with a court stamp.
  • You may submit your request at the closest Vehicle Licensing Bureau (Misrad HaRishui), or by sending your request by mail.
  • The finance department will handle the request from three to six months following the date the request was entered into the system.
 
Application for an additional permit in various cases.
  • In the event that a permit was lost, stolen or the vehicle with the permit has been replaced, complete an application for issuing a permit in the case of loss/theft/ return of a disabled car tag. If the vehicle was disabled for any reason (after an accident, vehicle license deposit, downloading of mobile safety, etc.) for a period exceeding one month, when the vehicle is returned, the permit holder must notify the licensing authority to be issued a new tag.
  • In the event where a replacement car or a second vehicle has been added, fill out an application to issue a permit in the case of replacement of the vehicle/ or adding a vehicle
  • Send the relevant form to the Mobility Impaired Care Unit, the Public Affairs Center in Holon, PO Box 72, 58100.
  • In urgent cases, contact the licensing office directly.
  • In case a valid parking tag owner bought a new car directly from the importer, the importer will send the details of the new vehicle licensing office for the issue of an updated parking tag.
    • If the parking tag includes a single vehicle, the tag will be sent via e-Israel Importer within two weeks according to the Interior Ministry's latest address. There is no need to reach or contact the licensing office.
    • If the parking tag includes two vehicles, apply in writing to the licensing office Mobility Impaired care unit, and note which of the two vehicles associated with the parking tag is replaced by a new vehicle.
  • To renew an expired tag (the tag has not been confirmed permanently and thus automatically renewed after eight years), go through the process of obtaining the tag. To avoid delays, the process should be started 90 days prior to the end of the validity of the tag.
Appeals
  • If a permit request has been denied, you may appeal within 90 days from the date of the rejection.
  • The denial of a request may only be re-appealed one year after the date of the last decision.
Please note
  • Disabled permits for two vehicles may be granted, provided it is proven that both are used to transport the person with disabilities.
  • The vehicle can be registered under the names of the child's parents. There is no need to register the vehicle under the child's name.
  • A person with disabilities wishing to sell their car must contact the Vehicle Licensing Bureau with the buyer in order to transfer ownership.
  • If you do not have private parking, check whether the local authority allows for marking a disabled parking area near the home of a person with disabilities. The option for this specially marked area is usually given only for the physically disabled (so it is generally not valid for autism, etc.).
International Parking Permit
  • As of 02.07.2006, the Ministry of Transport and Road Safety no longer issues international disabled parking permits.
  • For more information and for alternatives, see the Access Israel website.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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