The number of infringements the Dunedin City Council has
issued for parking in mobility parks without a permit has
not changed drastically in the past five years. Photo by
Dunedin's able-bodied residents do not seem to be getting
the message that they should not park in disabled car parks.
Figures obtained by The Star show the number of
infringements given to drivers parking in a mobility car park
without a permit have not changed drastically during the last
Between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2010, 181 infringements
were handed out, and between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011,
there were 236.
Numbers declined slightly with 149 infringements being given
out between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012, and 148 being
given out in the same period in 2012 to 2013.
As of March 31, 2014, 96 infringements had been given out.
Disabled Persons Assembly kaituitui (community networker)
Chris Ford said disabled people, especially those with
mobility issues, relied upon mobility car parks to
participate in the community.
It was wrong to think it was OK to use the car parks because
there were few disabled people and the parks were only used
infrequently, he said.
''When disabled people need the parks, they really need
them,'' he said.
In many cases, if a person could not find a mobility park
they would have to travel kilometres to find another, or even
turn around and go home.
Mr Ford was pleased the council was enforcing the mobility
parks but said it was up to everybody to recognise that
disabled people needed the parks.
A Dunedin City Council spokeswoman said enforcement had
changed during the past two years.
''If a vehicle is parked on a mobility park and has a driver
in attendance, then the parking officer must request
compliance [for the vehicle to move off]. If the vehicle is
unattended or if immediate compliance is not achieved, a
ticket is issued,'' she said.
The fine is $150.