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Disabled Parking apparently for everybody?

By 5 May 2014 12

I would just like to bring to the attention of numerous inconsiderate individuals, that disabled parking spaces -particularly the three at the back of the Jamison Centre near the post office – are only for cars displaying valid permits. These three parking spaces are clearly marked as disabled, yet every time I visit the area there is at least one twit illegally parked either in a disabled space, or in an access space between the disabled parking spaces. Those access spaces are necessary for wheelchair access.

I am a legitimate holder of a disability parking permit and this issue s**ts me no end. When the driver of an illegally parked car is in or near their vehicle I will often approach them and kindly ask if they realise they are illegally parked. More often than not they will stare at me blankly like a codfish for a few seconds before they come out with pitiful excuses like, “I was just waiting for someone,” or “I was just running into the post office.”

Regardless of why people think they are entitled to park there illegally, there is no excuse. If you are a guilty offender reading this, please think twice before you repeat the action. You are making the day to day activities of those with a disabiliy more difficult than they already are.

Thank you to the majority of thoughtful individuals who respect the law as well as respecting those with a disability :)
*Rant over*

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12 Responses to
Disabled Parking apparently for everybody?
basketcase 8:49 am
06 May 14
#1

I am a cyclist and I agree with you. The more competition there is for parking spaces, the higher the probability that a disabled spot will be taken by an unauthorized person.

Those 15 minute spots at Jamo are always in high demand. So convenient.

Kippax is the same, Saturday morning is not a time for the disabled to go parking.

I think the only thing you can do is rant, gets it out of the system! Have a nice day as they say.

Postalgeek 11:10 am
06 May 14
#2

I’ve always thought that disabled drivers should simply park behind the person in the spot and go about their business.

Genie 2:09 pm
06 May 14
#3

Personally, too many people hold disabled stickers and they need to be reviewed.

They hand out disabled stickers like candy these days and there aren’t enough parking spots.

Masquara 5:56 pm
06 May 14
#4

Genie said :

Personally, too many people hold disabled stickers and they need to be reviewed.

They hand out disabled stickers like candy these days and there aren’t enough parking spots.

Disabled car parking spaces serve a dual function. They are a place for the disabled to park – and the police know that something like 80 per cent of drivers who park in disabled spaces while able-bodied have a criminal record, so they keep an eye on them!

gildrsleeve 6:16 pm
06 May 14
#5

I have two comments on this one. First, kaitaz, you are absolutely right: people are inconsiderate idiots much too often when it comes to disabled parking. But then, why are there so many people who feel the need to do this? Simple: there aren’t enough parking spaces for the amount of use the buildings/facilities around the car-parks are attracting. More often than not, an illegal parker has simply been unable to find a legal parking space (examples: Weston Creek/Cooleman Court; several ‘shopping courts’ in Phillip; anywhere in Civic; anywhere where there are busy doctors’ offices). I’ve been known to scrap plans to do some non-essential shopping in certain mini-malls just because I couldn’t find a legal spot (now, aren’t I a virtuous citizen, not giving in to the idiot temptation? :-D )

In a country as wide open as Australia, but especially in a ‘garden city’ capital, why oh why are builders and planners so stingy with allowing enough space for the cars?

It’s not good enough to say that conscientious authorities want to encourage people to take environmentally-friendlier public transport instead of driving their own cars. If that were true, the public transport system in Canberra would be way more passenger-friendly than it is. Nobody with a car will choose to spend 3-4 hours (round trip) getting to, say, a hospital to visit a friend or relative during official visiting hours; or attending a court hearing; etc., if it means taking 2 or 3 buses each way, with time-wasting waits at every change. I know there will always be a few daggy nose-thumbers taking disabled spaces just because they can, BUT if public transport were more efficient, there might be many fewer people driving and parking so stupidly.

Second comment: I suspect Genie has not only never needed a disabled sticker, but hasn’t even been acquainted with someone who did. These permits are not ‘handed out like candy’; maybe you believe it is because it sometimes seems as if perfectly healthy people have them. Well, sometimes they do — that’s because they’re usually the relative or friend who is driving the permit-holder!

I have an older family member who had a catastrophic illness, which kept him in hospital for two-and-a-half months. When he was able to be released, we had to ‘prove’ (aka ‘jump through hoops’) the need for a disabled permit. He needed it for about a year, since his illness left him with severe muscle atrophy and deep but intermittent pain. He eventually healed enough that he could manage walking from non-disabled carparking into shops, malls, and work, so at that point his permit was not renewed.

In the meantime, I got to see first-hand what kaitaz is experiencing, as I was his driver most of the time. Staying home was not a healthy option for this patient, according to his doctor. Getting out into the community was emotionally healing; getting out and about physically helped re-build his strength. But some folks have utterly selfish notions about accommodating the disabled, and just can’t manage to bother themselves with even a small sacrifice of their own convenience — as if inconveniencing all those with much greater needs is such a better way!

* ‘nother rant over*

Madam Cholet 7:03 pm
06 May 14
#6

Genie said :

Personally, too many people hold disabled stickers and they need to be reviewed.

They hand out disabled stickers like candy these days and there aren’t enough parking spots.

Exactly. I am about to lodge a complaint (if indeed this is allowable) about someone who uses a disabled parking spot every working day, all day, and goes about working on the site of a commercial building renovation. I don’t fancy my chances as the parking people, (Office of Reg Services), already told me that he has the permit legitimately. They failed to point me in the direction of the Dickson Motor Registry which deals with these permits. That’s because they obviously don’t care about the disabled person who may need that spot for even just half an hour of that day.

Obviously he may have a disability, but it’s one that does not stop him pottering around the building site. And leaving bags of waste asbestos about.

Genie 10:30 am
07 May 14
#7

Gildrsleeve – My mother and father have disabled stickers, as does my aunt and before she passed away my grandmother also held a disabled sticker. I was granted a temporary disabled sticker after I had a car accident.

The disabled stickers ARE handed out like candy, once you have one, there isn’t much paperwork needed to keep it.. the majority of them are even issued for 5 years.

I have worked with plenty of people in my years who managed to get a disabled sticker so they can park for free while sitting at work all day. Heck I could even give you the details of people who have disabled stickers so they can park at the door in the disabled car spot, but then go for a 5km run at lunch time.

Maya123 10:54 am
07 May 14
#8

Genie said :

Gildrsleeve – My mother and father have disabled stickers, as does my aunt and before she passed away my grandmother also held a disabled sticker. I was granted a temporary disabled sticker after I had a car accident.

The disabled stickers ARE handed out like candy, once you have one, there isn’t much paperwork needed to keep it.. the majority of them are even issued for 5 years.

I have worked with plenty of people in my years who managed to get a disabled sticker so they can park for free while sitting at work all day. Heck I could even give you the details of people who have disabled stickers so they can park at the door in the disabled car spot, but then go for a 5km run at lunch time.

Are you sure that the person going for the 5km run is not using someone else’s sticker? This commonly happens.

Genie 1:03 pm
07 May 14
#9

Maya123 said :

Genie said :

Gildrsleeve – My mother and father have disabled stickers, as does my aunt and before she passed away my grandmother also held a disabled sticker. I was granted a temporary disabled sticker after I had a car accident.

The disabled stickers ARE handed out like candy, once you have one, there isn’t much paperwork needed to keep it.. the majority of them are even issued for 5 years.

I have worked with plenty of people in my years who managed to get a disabled sticker so they can park for free while sitting at work all day. Heck I could even give you the details of people who have disabled stickers so they can park at the door in the disabled car spot, but then go for a 5km run at lunch time.

Are you sure that the person going for the 5km run is not using someone else’s sticker? This commonly happens.

Very likely the case…

If it’s their own sticker, I’m sorry, yes alot of disabilities aren’t obvious. But if you can run 5kms then you clearly don’t need a sticker.

Queen_of_the_Bun 12:48 am
08 May 14
#10

Genie said :

Maya123 said :

Genie said :

Gildrsleeve – My mother and father have disabled stickers, as does my aunt and before she passed away my grandmother also held a disabled sticker. I was granted a temporary disabled sticker after I had a car accident.

The disabled stickers ARE handed out like candy, once you have one, there isn’t much paperwork needed to keep it.. the majority of them are even issued for 5 years.

I have worked with plenty of people in my years who managed to get a disabled sticker so they can park for free while sitting at work all day. Heck I could even give you the details of people who have disabled stickers so they can park at the door in the disabled car spot, but then go for a 5km run at lunch time.

Are you sure that the person going for the 5km run is not using someone else’s sticker? This commonly happens.

Very likely the case…

If it’s their own sticker, I’m sorry, yes alot of disabilities aren’t obvious. But if you can run 5kms then you clearly don’t need a sticker.

It’s possible that the 5km jogger has a severely autistic child and has a disabled parking permit because they need the extra space and distance from a busy road so that their child doesn’t fling themselves into oncoming traffic. It’s also possible that a parent of a severely autistic child may need the respite of a 5km jog to keep themselves sane so they can keep caring for their child. If they choose to use their parking sticker to get a good park even though their child is not in the car with them, who are we to judge?

screaming banshee 6:28 am
08 May 14
#11

Queen_of_the_Bun said :

Genie said :

Maya123 said :

Genie said :

Gildrsleeve – My mother and father have disabled stickers, as does my aunt and before she passed away my grandmother also held a disabled sticker. I was granted a temporary disabled sticker after I had a car accident.

The disabled stickers ARE handed out like candy, once you have one, there isn’t much paperwork needed to keep it.. the majority of them are even issued for 5 years.

I have worked with plenty of people in my years who managed to get a disabled sticker so they can park for free while sitting at work all day. Heck I could even give you the details of people who have disabled stickers so they can park at the door in the disabled car spot, but then go for a 5km run at lunch time.

Are you sure that the person going for the 5km run is not using someone else’s sticker? This commonly happens.

Very likely the case…

If it’s their own sticker, I’m sorry, yes alot of disabilities aren’t obvious. But if you can run 5kms then you clearly don’t need a sticker.

It’s possible that the 5km jogger has a severely autistic child and has a disabled parking permit because they need the extra space and distance from a busy road so that their child doesn’t fling themselves into oncoming traffic. It’s also possible that a parent of a severely autistic child may need the respite of a 5km jog to keep themselves sane so they can keep caring for their child. If they choose to use their parking sticker to get a good park even though their child is not in the car with them, who are we to judge?

You’re right, how inconsiderate would it be of a person in a wheelchair to come along thinking they should be able to occupy that spot when it is clearly more important for an able bodied person to feel better about their self.

wildturkeycanoe 11:22 am
08 May 14
#12

From my observations, most of the people with disabled permits on their windscreen are only disabled by the girth of their belly. Why can a fat person, who needs exercise more, get a parking spot as close as possible to the source of their problem – food?

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