Tony McRae

Tony McRae

Former Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Disability Services

    ACROD permit parking clamp-down

    19/09/2006 9:08 AM
     
    19/9/06

    The State Government is campaigning for a clamp-down on illegal parking in marked disabled bays, to counter growing complaints of misuse.

    Disability Services Minister Tony McRae said the blue reserved parking bays were often taken by people who did not have a permit and in all likelihood did not have a disability either.

    “I have contacted every city, town and shire in WA asking them to enforce these parking laws,” Mr McRae said.

    “The easy access parking bays are provided for people who require mobility aids such as wheelchairs and walking frames, or who are unable to walk long distances.

    “When these bays are taken by others, people are often unable to park and consequently cannot go to the shops, library, recreation centre or other facilities.

    “These selfish actions have far-reaching ramifications for people with limited mobility and the Carpenter Government, in partnership with local government across the State, has been working to increase inclusion for people with disabilities.

    “However, our efforts will not be effective if people fail to do the right thing.”

    The ‘Local Government Action 1995’ gives local governments the authority to police all parking bays on private and local government land and the ‘Local Government (Parking for Disabled Persons) Regulations 1988’, enable the following infringements to be issued:
    • $120 for standing or parking a vehicle inappropriately in an easy access parking bay; and
    • $140 for unauthorised use of an ACROD permit.
    If action is taken through the courts, the regulations allow for a $1,000 penalty.

    “I urge everybody to respect the limited use of easy access parking for people with disabilities,” the Minister said.

    “People with disabilities who need easy access parking and all fair minded Western Australians will support this campaign to make inclusion in our society a right for all.”

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