This is something that we all see every day.
Do you think that unwarranted parking in a disabled bay should carry fines and demerit points?
I have a family member who has a disability disc but they rarely use it..they have good and bad days and a recent period of being able to deal with the illness has resulted in normal parking as "there are much more deserving people than me". Winter and progress of the disease may change this.
I see delivery people, tradies in utes and all sorts of abuse. There seems to be a reluctance for retailers (Bunnings for example) to take action as they are more afraid of losing custom than making parking accessible for those who genuinely need it.
Any thoughts out there?
Low-life motorists: New crackdown on disabled parking
December 5, 2015 8:34amDAVID NANKERVISThe Advertiser
Brazil: Driver taught a lesson for parking in disabled bay
LOW-LIFE motorists who used disabled car parking spaces will be hit with demerit points as well as a fine, the State Government says.
The news comes after drivers received hundreds of such fines for illegal parking in shopping centres last financial year and as car parks become crowded with pre-Christmas shoppers.
Should motorists without permits lose demerit points for being in disabled parking spaces?
Dignity for Disability MP Kelly Vincent said she was delighted the Government had backed her call for tougher of penalties against “selfish’’ drivers who park illegally in spaces reserved for the disabled.
Ms Vincent said the issue was a “big problem’’ — especially this month, when drivers struggle to find parking spaces during peak periods.
“It’s not just about courtesy that people don’t steal carparks — it is also illegal,’’ Ms Vincent said.
“People might think they are saving a few minutes by parking in a reserved spot but a $349 fine would have a significant impact on their Christmas budget’’.
Ms Vincent believes introducing a demerit point penalty would make many motorists think again about using a car park reserved for the disabled.
Illegal parking in disabled zones has even spawned its own Facebook page — Disability Parking Wall of Shame.
Transport Minister Stephen Mulligan said the Government was “more than happy to support’’ Ms Vincent’s push for a demerit-point penalty.
Terry Burton with his permit, said he often can’t get a disabled park at shopping centres. Picture: Tom Huntley“I met with Kelly Vincent after she raised the proposal to introduce demerit points for people who illegally park in spaces reserved for people with disabilities,’’ Mr Mullighan said.
“We are currently working through the details of this, including whether the changes are best made through legislation or regulation, and how we can share information between the councils, which are generally responsible for issuing the fines, and the Government, which manages the demerit-point system.”
Earlier this year, NSW introduced a demerit-point penalty for the offence and increased the fine to $531.
Last financial year, Tea Tree Gully Council issued 11,680 fines totalling more than $600,000 for illegal parking in shopping centres, including the Tea Tree Plaza site. This included 313 fines for parking in a disabled spot without a permit.
Marion Council issued more than 4000 fines for illegal parking at the Westfield Marion site alone in the same period, including 31 fines for parking in a disabled spot.
Dignity for Disability MP Kelly VincentCharles Sturt Council issued 378 fines at the Westfield Westlakes site, 48 for parking in a disabled zone.
The Adelaide City Council has issued more than 379 such fines this year while police fined 58 drivers parking illegally in disabled zones on public roads last financial year.
Ms Vincent said spaces were specifically reserved for those with a disability for good reasons, including safety concerns if people need to unload wheelchairs or mobility frames.
“If there are no reserved spaces for us to park it also effects our ability to interact with the community, because we don’t have an opportunity to go to that venue,’’ she said.
Disabled driver permit holder Terry Burton said he “often can’t get a disabled park” at shopping centres.
“I do see people all year round who park illegally but especially when it’s busy like Christmas holidays,’’ the 66-year-old Ferryden Park resident said.