Park­ing rules

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

I WOULD sug­gest that park­ing in­spec­tors be rein­tro­duced in the Main Street of Air­lie Beach, to en­force the Coun­cil’s park­ing reg­u­la­tions.

As a taxi driver, I have col­lected on three sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions a wheel­chair bound pas­sen­ger, whom I take to the Air­lie Day and Night Chemist on the main street in Air­lie Beach. There is a dis­abled bay just out­side the chemist. On each of these three sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions a car has been parked in the dis­abled bay just out­side the Air­lie Day and Night Chemist. In none of these oc­ca­sions did the car dis­play a dis­abled park­ing per­mit. There was no other avail­able park­ing bay in the vicin­ity ei­ther.

As I drive a sedan car, his wheel­chair has to be par­tially dis­man­tled, and then re-as­sem­bled on ar­rival, so I need the bit of ex­tra width which dis­abled bays pro­vide.

So on Sun­day, July 27, with my wheel­chair-bound pas­sen­ger in the car, I had to go round to the Wool­worths car park, via the Es­planade and two round­abouts, just so that I was able to find a park­ing spot with enough space to re-as­sem­ble this pas­sen­ger’s wheel­chair, and wait for his re­turn from the Chemist, and then dis­sem­ble his wheel­chair again to take him back to res­i­dence.

This ad­di­tional mileage is an ad­di­tional ex­pense to this pas­sen­ger.

What prompts me to in­form you of all of this was that on Sun­day, July 27, af­ter hav­ing dropped this pas­sen­ger back home, I was on my way to the Air­lie Beach rank via the Main street when I no­ticed that same car was still parked in the dis­abled bay in front of Air­lie Day and Night Chemist.

A po­lice car was com­ing in the op­po­site di­rec­tion. It drove straight past the il­le­gally parked car, ob­vi­ously not con­cerned.

I wish to re­late to your of­fice that dur­ing the mid 80’s and 90’s, the coun­cil em­ployed a park­ing in­spec­tor, who hap­pened to be wheel­chair bound. His first name was Alan, if I re­mem­ber well, and he was well a re­spected mem­ber of our com­mu­nity, and com­peted in many wheel chair sports.

I am sure that there must be other wheel­chair-bound per­sons who would rel­ish the op­por­tu­nity of gain­ing right­ful em­ploy­ment, should this po­si­tion be made avail­able by Coun­cil. Max Freck­el­ton Air­lie Beach

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