Disabled Parking

bighead 12 January 2007 39

I wanted to write about disabled parking.

Now having someone in my family with a major disability can be challenging. But to be honest, there is nothing more annoying for me personally than pulling up to CISAC to take him swimming only to find all the disabled car parks out the front taken by others who do not have the passes. Canberra seems to be a greedy place when it comes to car parking, particularly P plate drivers and younger drivers in general park in disabled spots for convenience.

I rarely see parking officials out now, but when they are they never seem to worry about disabled parking.

Another thing that gets me about it is how many old people have the passes, it is incredible. I understand for the people in our community that are at a point of being unable to walk. But I see quite a few older people just park in these spaces and then walk around the shopping centre for ages. Now that to me is just being lazy.

Also, one more thing that annoys me about them, parents that have the passes for the disabled person and then use the pass anywhere, even if the disabled person is not with them. I believe the law is still in place that you can have a disabled pass on your car and park anywhere and not be fined. I could be wrong on this.

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39 Responses to Disabled Parking
Pandy Pandy 11:24 am 15 Jan 07

i thought that the photos on NSW permits are only on the inside of the sticker?

Rawhide Kid Rawhide Kid 11:15 am 15 Jan 07


rosso69, no, they do not have photos, just a few simple details, such as expiry date and registration number, I’m sure there is more, but it’s been a long long time since I have actually read whats on the from of it.

Comment by bighead — 14 January, 2007 @ 3:32 am”

It should also be noted that the current ACT Disabled Parking permit has been changed to show the Canberra Crest in Gold so as to redly identify forgeries that show up every now and then. They don’t display the vehicle registration anymore as they are issued to the person only. So that person may be transported in different vehicles.

ross69 ross69 9:13 am 14 Jan 07

Thanx for that bighead. In the last couple of years we’ve gone from a piece of laminated paper to a license looking card with your photo on one side and the Expiry on the other, though for privacy reason’s you can’t show the Photo side when on the windscreen.

bighead bighead 3:32 am 14 Jan 07

rosso69, no, they do not have photos, just a few simple details, such as expiry date and registration number, I’m sure there is more, but it’s been a long long time since I have actually read whats on the from of it.

luca luca 7:08 pm 13 Jan 07

Its a symptom of the lessening respect for the law, brought about by, perversely, those we entrust to administer it!

You didn’t happen to see if any of the unlawfully parked cars had been driven by a certain well-known young lady, did you?

ross69 ross69 3:16 pm 13 Jan 07

Do the permits in Canberra have the disabled person’s photo on it like the NSW ones?

ross69 ross69 2:30 pm 13 Jan 07

I agree. there’s nothing worse than seeing someone park in a Parents with Prams spot when they obviously have kids who can walk or have no kids at all. If i can see a car seat in the car i have no prob’s but if a kids big enough to go without a car seat their big enough to walk. Having a Injured partner (with a permit) and a young kid with another on the way the whole time i’ve been driving i’ve never once got the chance to park in these 2 designated spots because of a few slack people.

GnT GnT 2:09 pm 13 Jan 07

I wish I could have got a disabled permit when I was 8 or 9 months pregnant. I sure felt disabled. Some days walking to the front door was a struggle. Thankfully the condition passed. Now if only there were more parents with prams spots …

AER AER 10:10 pm 12 Jan 07

First-time poster here! Speaking from the point of view of a person with a disability, I have to say that it is pretty ignorant to judge someone based on the fact that they can walk away from their car seemingly ‘well’. I don’t use my permit all the time but a requirement to get a pass is the inability to walk 100 metres. That may not seem like much but it is not always easy to do for people who have a disability (even if one’s illness may not always be easily perceptible to others).
I am all for smashing the crap outta people who park in places who do not have disabled permits but, for those who do, it could be a little harsh to judge the person without knowing the specifics. Maybe just go up to them and ask about their situation (hoping that this may, in some way, guilt them if they are improperly using the permit). I know I wouldn’t mind explaining why I have a permit to someone who asked me (it is much better than having to put up with being stared down or having to read very abusive material on my windscreen – both of which I have had to do on numerous occasions). I have a genetic illness affecting my lungs btw. Oh, also, this isn’t trying to be a sob-story or anything hehe

Mr Evil Mr Evil 4:52 pm 12 Jan 07

Disabled people shouldn’t be allowed out at all anyway: they just get in the way of us ‘normal’ folk. 🙂

Al Al 3:17 pm 12 Jan 07

Andy: if you have one in a pram, odds on there’s another at foot. Dragging a young one across a car park is hazardous if you are pushing a pram at the same time. Only takes a second. You’d only knock them if you’ve never had to use them.

andy andy 2:33 pm 12 Jan 07

i hate the parents with prams parking more.
I won’t use a disabled spot, but i have used parents with prams before.

Mr_Shab Mr_Shab 2:24 pm 12 Jan 07

Is it just me, or has Mr. Evil’s long-lost brother shown up under the name Hasdrubhal? Gold.

Thumper Thumper 2:14 pm 12 Jan 07


hehehehehe… Pure gold mate, pure gold…

barking toad barking toad 1:49 pm 12 Jan 07

and my spelling sucks today!

barking toad barking toad 1:47 pm 12 Jan 07

5.00pm may be a better time ferrety one

the temp is risng meaning more time is needed for fluid replacement

miz miz 1:35 pm 12 Jan 07

Illegal parkers = law flouters – see http://www-staff.lboro.ac.uk/~ssgf/KP/1999_DisabledParkingBays.pdf which shows that those who do so tend to do lots of other bad stuff! Food for thought.

Al Al 1:26 pm 12 Jan 07

Part of the problem at CISAC is the abyssmal parking situation.
Yes there is a stack of parking up the back, but it is unsealed (don’t want my car sprayed with gravel thanks), unlit, no cameras, and no easy/quick way down and into the building.
So I won’t park up there and neither will most other people. Which leaves everyone to squeeze in to areas that aren’t actual car spaces (which I do) or the disabled spaces (which I don’t and don’t condone).
All of this is exacerbated by gym and swim class timetables that have classes following hard on the heels of each other, causing parking spikes.
And made even worse by the fact that the people who have been gifted the management rights to that incredible complex couldn’t give a shit about customer service!
Now what’s it going to be like in a month when they have double the gym and fitness class areas I ask?
I for one am glad a new gym is opening next week closer to home…

Hasdrubahl Hasdrubahl 12:35 pm 12 Jan 07

Wait behind their car with a baseball bat, then break one of their legs when they return. That way, they can leave with a clear conscience and everyone is happy.

Sammy Sammy 12:30 pm 12 Jan 07

When she sees people parked in a disabled spot with out a sticker she just gently wheels past, running her key along the length of their car.

I wouldn’t be dissapointed to see this happen.

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