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Disabled parking is in demand

31 Jul 2012Today I heard on the radio that the State Government of NSW is cracking down on who gets Disabled Parking Permits!!! I'm hoping it wasn't just a dream! The news report said that the Disabled Parking Permits will only be for people in wheelchairs.

I think it is important to define what a disabled parking space is for and about. For me a disabled parking space is more about the size of the parking space – it needs to be 1 ½ times the size of a normal car parking space so that you can fully open your door so that the wheelchair can fit in for you to get onto. I don't think it is about the location to the venue you are trying to get to providing the parking space is on a flat area and it is relatively easy to get to the location you want.

Maybe they should have a different lot of car parks for those that are ‘lazy and don't like walking'. I wonder how many people would park in these spots?

Over the past couple of years I have wondered if people are getting these Disabled Parking Permits from cereal boxes as I see time and time again people parking in the spaces that don't have to use a wheelchair and are walking around okay.

The news segment went on to say that it will be harder for amputees and other people with disabilities who can still walk to get the Disabled Parking Permit and I guess in most legitimate cases they should still get the permit.

What have been your experiences and view on disabled parking spaces?

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Mal Codling from Victoria Aust posted on 24 Oct 2012
I certainly agree with you on this blog. I'm pretty sure the NSW Disabled Parking Permit, would or should be the same as Victoria's where it says' Person driving or being transported in a vehicle must display Blue Tag in plain veiw. When proceeding from car they must have a 'complex walking device' ie more than one point in contact with ground! which is not enforced or regulated. Another problem is the wording of Blue Tag, Disabled Parking can mean 'Handicapped,Disadvantaged, have an ingrown toenail or mental problems but no mention of Wheelchair Parking, although the signage depicts a wheelchair!The problem of 'Handicaped Parking' for the handicapped will never end as long as Local Council's do nothing except dole out the Tag's.

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