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More than 500 infringements issued for misusing disability parking permits

Lachlan Roberts 21 June 2019 11
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Parking inspectors have issued 579 infringements pertaining to misused disability parking permits.

People are reminded not to park in disabled parking spots and not to use disability parking permits if they are not the permit holder after Access Canberra handed out over 500 infringements this year for using lost, stolen or invalid disability parking permits.

Since the beginning of the year to 15 June, parking inspectors have issued 579 infringements to drivers using lost, stolen or invalid disability parking permits, including 272 infringements occurring between 15 February to 15 March.

Parking Operations and Traffic Camera Compliance director Chris Seddon said Access Canberra’s technology now allows parking inspectors to interrogate data while on patrol and check for the use of invalid disability permits or those that have been reported lost or stolen.

Mr Seddon has reminded ACT drivers that disability parking permit holders must be travelling in the vehicle in order to use the permit and it is an offence for any other person to display and use the permit if the permit holder is not travelling in the vehicle.

“This is good news for those genuinely seeking a disabled car park who often find car spaces occupied by illegally parked vehicles,” Mr Seddon said. “Most of the fraudulent use is due to people, other than the permit holder, using the permit when the permit holder is not in the vehicle.

“For example, if a driver drops off a permit holder in say Woden, the driver is not entitled to use the permit in Civic without the permit holder being with them. It is also illegal to use the permit of a person who has passed away.”

A vehicle parked in a disabled car bay with a lost, stolen, expired or deceased person’s permit incurs a $600 fine, while a vehicle displaying a lost, stolen, expired or deceased person’s permit in timed or pay parking bay cops a $120 fine.

Mr Seddon said he wants to remind the public that disability parking permits are issued to the person with the disability, not the vehicle.

“If permit holders report a parking permit as lost and then find it later, they should hand in the lost permit at an Access Canberra Service Centre because anyone found displaying a lost permit will be issued with a parking fine,” Mr Seddon said.

“It’s recommended that when permit holders are not travelling in a vehicle, they keep their disability parking permits with them to avoid possible misuse. Permit holders play an important part in ensuring we have fair and equitable parking arrangements for all.”

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11 Responses to More than 500 infringements issued for misusing disability parking permits
mjsf 6:29 pm 27 Jun 19

It's good that they're checking the validity of permits.

But what are they doing about those drivers with no permit at all using disabled car spaces, thereby denying their use to genuinely disabled people?

Colleen Gray Colleen Gray 5:50 pm 22 Jun 19

Still not enough being done.

rationalobserver 4:44 pm 22 Jun 19

Only 500?

Looks like the other 99% got away with it then.

Stephen Page-Murray Stephen Page-Murray 9:51 am 22 Jun 19

Good to see this

Bill Gemmell Bill Gemmell 9:46 am 22 Jun 19

Not a bad effort considering they only seem to work office hours and are pretty much focussed on pay parking areas.

    Lin Van Oevelen Lin Van Oevelen 10:16 am 22 Jun 19

    Sources? I've been booked on weekends and for parking too long in timed bays plenty of times (NOT for illegally parking in a disability spot though, because I'm not an Ahole).

    Bill Gemmell Bill Gemmell 12:18 pm 22 Jun 19

    Lin Van Oevelen my own observations at the places I frequent around town. They have seemingly overlooked that congestion is a problem between 7am and 10.00pm I a lot of places

Lin Van Oevelen Lin Van Oevelen 9:15 am 22 Jun 19

How can they check that the driver didn't have the permit holder in the car when they parked though?

And you have to be a special kind of d***head to steal someone's mobility permit.

I have a permit and I can very rarely find a disabled park at work. I am fortunate enough to not need a wheelchair though, so I can park in other bays, even though it often takes me 15-20 mins of circling the carpark to find one close enough to my office. Wheelchair users don't have that luxury.

So I am glad they're cracking down on this.

    Justin Watson Justin Watson 8:30 pm 22 Jun 19

    I think if they issues a ticket to a legitimate person though, they would rescind the ticket. A bit of a pain, but I'd think users of disabled parks would rather the crackdown than to let it go unchecked.

    Margaret Edwards Margaret Edwards 9:59 pm 22 Jun 19

    Lin Van Oevelen I was one of those people fined. My disabled parking permit was on my dashboard when I left the car but it became unstuck in the extreme heat of that day and fell to the floor. I am still waiting for notification that the fine has been waived.

    Lin Van Oevelen Lin Van Oevelen 7:16 am 23 Jun 19

    Yeah, I had that happen too, Margaret. But that's different than the situations they describe here. Especially if the car is registered to the permit holder.

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