Tony McRae

Tony McRae

Former Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Disability Services

    This Christmas give the gift of respect

    7/12/2006 1:31 PM

    Western Australia’s 51,000 ACROD parking permit holders are hoping for a special present this Christmas.

    They want the gift of respect from the rest of the community, so they can park in the ‘blue-bay’ easy access parking set aside for them at shopping centres and other venues during the Christmas rush.

    Launching the ‘No Permit No Parking’ campaign, Disability Services Minister Tony McRae appealed to the rest of the community not to park where they should not.

    “The Christmas rush is a hectic time for everyone, and for those in a wheelchair or using mobility aids, permit parking is often the only thing making shopping possible at all,” Mr McRae said.

    “If a person cannot park in a ‘blue bay’ because it has been taken by someone who has no right to it, they cannot do their shopping or attend to their business - it is just not on.

    “People who do not have an ACROD parking permit are breaking the law if they park in the specially-marked bays and run the risk of a fine of up to $1,000.

    “I have written to every city, town and shire in WA asking them to enforce these parking laws.

    “However, we need support from the public. Disabled people will continue to suffer if people continue to do the wrong thing.”

    The Minister said local governments had the authority to police all parking bays on private and local government land and could issue the following infringements:
    • $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 fine.

    Mr McRae said thousands of people with limited mobility needed to use easy access bays, which were wider and located close to venue entrances.

    Providing easy access bays was a mandatory requirement at all public facilities.

    Posters had been sent to more than 140 local governments and more than 270 shopping centres throughout WA to help get the ‘No Permit No Parking’ message across.

    Minister's office - 9213 7150