We’ve welcomed the recent State Government announcement to double parking fines for drivers who illegally park in accessible spaces reserved for people with disabilities.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey announced from mid-2020, the current $266 fine would increase to $533 for drivers parking in reserved spaces without a parking scheme permit.
Our Chief Advisor – Government John Mayo said the fine increase was a welcomed deterrent for drivers who selfishly misuse disability parking bays.
“Unfortunately, the number of drivers doing the wrong thing at both on street and off-street parking, such as shopping centres and even hospitals, remains high,” John said.
“Receiving a $533 fine will certainly be an ‘educational’ process for drivers who put their own selfishness before the rights of people with a disability to access disability parking.”
While the announcement was welcomed, John said Spinal Life Australia also urged local governments and private property owners across Queensland to allow council parking officers to access private property, such as shopping centres and car parks.
“The message should be the same wherever you go – if you don’t have a Australian Disability Parking Permit, then you do not park in a bay reserved for permit holders,” he said.
“Funding support from the NDIS means community participation is more accessible than ever for Queenslanders with a disability.
“But as part of that inclusion, it’s important we give them a fair go and do the right thing when choosing where to park.”
John said Spinal Life’s Advocacy team had previously written to Transport and Main Roads to urge them to address the constant misuse of disability parking bays after feedback from its members.