Disabled motorists pay for parking

2014-09-12 00:00

DISABLED people who use regular parking bays in Pietermaritzburg must pay for the period they have parked.

This a local resident found to his dismay when he was forced to use a regular bay on Pietermaritz Street when going to the civil court.

Cassim Ahmod Mahomed (78) said he assumed he would not have to pay for parking because he uses a wheelchair and his car has a disabled sticker.

However, on Monday he was asked by a Panzascore parking attendant to pay for parking.

“I was angry to have to pay because the entire Pietermaritz Street has only one or two parking bays for disabled people.

“I was initially asked to pay R5 by a woman who had a machine and she gave me a receipt, but when I came out she asked me to pay R15 without giving me a slip,” he said.

Mahomed said he complained that there was no disabled parking outside the court and his car had a disabled sticker.

“These parking attendants, as well as traffic wardens, are not informed of the rights of people living with disabilities.

“It is not our fault that there are not enough parking bays allocated to us,” he said. “I want to know what will happen the next time I go to court,” he added.

Aris Seirlis, CEO of the QuadPara Association of SA, said the municipality had a duty to ensure that there are adequate facilities for people in wheelchairs.

Msunduzi clarifies confusion

MSUNDUZI Municipality spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said, “There is no charge or parking fee when a disabled person parks his/her vehicle in a disabled parking bay.”

However, disabled motorists are required to pay for parking when using regular parking bays, she said.

Mafumbatha said there were a number of disabled parking bays at the library opposite the court.

She said all dysfunctional meters or printers would be replaced immediately. “Spare equipment is on hand at all times. If a printer is dysfunctional, a receipt can be issued from the parking management office,” said Mafumbatha, adding Mahomed was contacted following his complaint. The matter was investigated but the only record found for the registration number he provided was for August 18. “We will do a follow-up with him to obtain more information,” she said.

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