Abuse of wheelchair parking bays condemned

2017-04-25 07:40
QuadPara Association of South Africa will sensitise the offender that parks in a disabled parking bay illegally.  Photo: suppliEd

QuadPara Association of South Africa will sensitise the offender that parks in a disabled parking bay illegally. Photo: suppliEd

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KALISHA NAICKER

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THE Hillcrest Fever has been inundated with calls from residents complaining that people who are not disabled are using disabled parking bays at malls and ignore complaints directed at them.

Residents feel that wheel clamps and minimal fines are not enough for these offenders and harsher sentences should be imposed.

Ranjini Moodley, who owns a take-away at a shopping­ centre in Hillcrest, said that her shop is near a disable parking zone and on numerous occasions she has seen people, who are not disabled, park at this spot.

“When I confront the offenders I get sworn at or ignored. I think this is a total disrespect of the law and something needs to be done about it,”

Moodley suggests that the offender’s licence should be suspended for a month to “teach them a lesson”.

However, the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA)says if you don’t use a wheelchair, then don’t use the wheelchair parking facility.

A whistle-blowing facility has been established by QASA to allow the public to inform QASA of abusers of these facilities so important to the rights and freedom of wheelchair users.

Ari Seirlis, CEO QuadPara Association of South Africa, said their organisation is of the opinion that wheelchair parking facilities are for people using wheelchairs only. “Some of the worst offenders are old people who are frail and have difficulty walking. That is not the reason why those parking bays are situated where they are. They are there for wheelchair users, which is why they are 3 500mm wide.

“It is important the public understand that they are not disabled if they have had a ‘day operation’ and are struggling to walk. This parking is there to cater for the needs of wheelchair users only. QASA is quite adamant about the fact that these facilities should be used by wheelchair users and shopping centres should ensure there is adequate signage in this regard.

“For shopping centres we recommend they use the clamping system. As soon as they know their vehicle can be clamped and they will have to pay a fine, then offenders normally think twice before they leave their vehicle there,” he added.

Seirlis said that if one sees someone misusing a wheelchair demarcated parking bay they must take a photo.

“Ensure the vehicle registration is clear and the wheelchair parking sign is visible.

“WhatsApp it to 073 853 9675, including the location, date and time and QASA will sensitise the offender.”

 

 

 

THE Hillcrest Fever has been inundated with calls of residents complaining that there is a misuse of disabled bays at local malls. According to residents, many non disabled persons park at these bays and arrogantly ignore complaints directed to them.

Resident feel that wheel clamps and minimal fines are not enough for these offenders and a harsher sentence should be imposed.

 

Ranjini Moodley who owns a take away at a shopping centre in Hillcrest said that her shop is near a disable parking zone and on numerous occasions she witnesses people that are not disable park at this spot and do their grocery shopping.

“When I confront these offenders I get sworn at or ignored. I think this is a total disrespect of the law and something needs to be done about it,”

 

Moodley’s suggestion is that the offenders license is suspended for a month to “teach them a lesson”.

 

However the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) is adamant that if you don’t use a wheelchair, then don’t use the wheelchair parking facilities.

A whistle blowing facility has been established by QASA to allow the general public to inform QASA of abusers of these facilities so important to the rights and freedom of wheelchair users.  

 

Ari Seirlis CEO QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) said that their organisation is of the opinion that wheelchair parking facilities for people using wheelchairs only. “Some of the worst offenders are old people who are frail and have difficulty walking. That is not the reason why those parking bays are situated. They are therefore wheelchair users that is why they are 3500 mm wide.

“It is really important that the public understand that they are not day if you have had an operation and battling to walk. They are there to cater for the needs of wheelchair users only.  QASA is quite adamant about the fact that these facilities should be used by wheelchair users

shopping centres as well, should ensure adequate signage

 

“For shopping centres we recommend that they use the clamping system. As soon as they know that the vehicle could be clamped and they would have to pay a fine, then offenders normally think twice before they leave their vehicle there,” he added.

 

In addition Seirlis said that if one sees someone misusing a wheelchair demarcated parking bay please take a photo. “Ensuring the vehicle registration is clear and the wheelchair parking sign is visible. WhatsApp it to 073 853 9675 including the location, date and time and QASA will kindly sensitise the offender,” he concluded.

 

 

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