Illegal parking by motorists on disabled parking

Due to the escalating number of complaints from disabled motorists about their demarcated bays being used by unaccredited drivers, Qasa has established a WhatsApp whistleblowing facility for the public to share information regarding these transgressions.

 

According to Qasa, estimates indicate that the majority of disabled parking disks are used or obtained fraudulently. The convenience of the location, often close to the entrance, is the main reason why the parking bays are abused.

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The K53 traffic rule book of South Africa clearly states that if a vehicle does not have anyone inside who is disabled, then it is illegal for it to be in a parking bay that is reserved for vehicles carrying disabled persons, as indicated by the road sign or surface marking.

In spite of this, more and more people choose to stop on parkings that are clearly marked for disabled people.
Crossing Centre manager Anita McGarry said it has become such a problem there and people who are not disabled park in these bays daily.

“We launched a campaign last year to create awareness for people with disabilities and their right to park close to the centre. We put wheelchairs and walkers in the disabled spaces to show that it is not just cars, but people, who park there.” 

Stolla Stoltz from West End SUPERSPAR said they are struggling with the same problem. “We have put up cones in the disabled parking and have told the security guards to look for the disabled sticker on a car before they remove the cone.

However, we still have people parking in-between the cones or removing them themselves.”
In contrast to this, Sonpark Centre spokesman Gené Ueckermann said they have not received any complaints about people parking on disabled parking illegally.

“We have security and we consider ourselves lucky that we do not have this problem at our centre.”

For those still parking on disabled bays illegally, remember that it is against the law and that you are depriving disabled people of their rights.

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Arisa Janse van Rensburg
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