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Huge fines apply for misuse of disability parking

Huge fines apply for misuse of disability parking More than 380 drivers have been fined by the City of Canterbury Bankstown, as part of a coordinated crackdown on the illegal use of parking spots for people with disability. No  

More than 380 drivers have been fined by the City of Canterbury Bankstown, as part of a coordinated crackdown on the illegal use of parking spots for people with disability.

Administrator, Richard Colley, said he was surprised and disappointed by the number of motorists caught by parking patrol officers since 1 January this year.

“There were 389 motorists caught, which is unacceptable. These parking spots are for people with disability and no one else. It is selfish to deny those spots to people who actually need them,” he said.

“These accessible parking spaces are located throughout the City to provide our less mobile community members with easier access to amenities and services. They are not there so people can jump the queue and get ahead of everyone else.”

The Australian Disability Parking Scheme outlines the rules and regulations for those eligible for a disability permit.

Mr Colley said drivers caught misusing these permits would also face the possibility of fines, have their permits confiscated and their details reported back to the Roads and Maritime Services.

“Apart from the obvious morality of the issue, if caught, motorists can face some pretty hefty penalties, including loss of demerit points and substantial fines exceeding $500,” he said.

“If you suspect someone is misusing a disability permit, I urge you to report them to the Mobility Parking Scheme hotline on 1300 884 899.”

Bankstown resident, Shantel Rama, who lives with a musculoskeletal disorder, said she was angry, frustrated and fed up with inconsiderate people using disability spaces without a valid permit.

“I can’t walk more than 100 metres. Having available disability parking helps me carry out my daily activities like going to the doctor, buying medicine and doing the shopping,” she said.

Ms Rama said she was baffled why anyone without a disability would park in a disability spot.

“There are plenty more non-disabled parking spots, so why rob the few disability spots from those that really need them?” She said.

Penalty infringements include:

• $549 and loss of one demerit point for stopping in a disability parking area without displaying a valid Australian disability parking permit;

• $659 for displaying a permit that contravenes use of its condition;

• $659 for reproducing/copying/defacing/destroying a permit;

• $659 for failing to return a disability permit when no longer disabled;

• $659 for failing to comply with direction to handover a disability permit;

• $659 for failing to return an expired disability permit; and

• $659 for failing to return a revoked disability permit.

For more information on penalties relating to parking offences, go to rms.nsw.gov.au


 27/09/2017 1:02 PM