Park for free if you display a disabled parking disc

2014-09-18 00:00

PEOPLE with disabilities are entitled to free parking in the city provided they can display a disabled parking disc.

This was confirmed yesterday by Msunduzi Municipality, which has also promised to amend its bylaws to reflect this.

The decision was taken after retired businessman Cassim Amod Mahomed (78) last week challenged the new municipal bylaws which did not cater for disabled motorists at all.

Mahomed’s displeasure started when he was asked to pay R3 for parking outside the magistrate’s court in Pietermaritz Street. He had parked in an “ordinary” bay as there was no designated disabled parking there. He was further enraged when, on his return to his vehicle, he was asked by the Panzascore attendant to fork out another R15, but she didn’t give him a receipt. She insisted that he pay despite the fact that his disabled sticker was displayed, Mahomed said.

He then paid the R15 after being threatened with a summons if he didn’t pay.

He explained that he would have to use a wheelchair if he had to park far from where he was going, otherwise he did not need one. “That is why I parked in a legal parking bay because there were no disabled parking bays,” he said.

Msunduzi Municipality yesterday did an about-turn on its earlier statements regarding disabled parking when they were sent a copy of Mahomed’s disabled parking permit, which indicated he was exempt from paying for parking for two hours.

Municipal spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said yesterday they would now amend the bylaws to accomodate people with disabilities. “Whilst we are making the amendments, disabled people won’t have to pay as long as they have their disc displayed.”

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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