Tougher penal­ties for il­le­gal park­ing

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

Through changes to the Build­ings Ac­ces­si­bil­ity Reg­u­la­tions and the Des­ig­nated Im­paired Mo­bil­ity Reg­u­la­tions, Ser­vice NL is in­creas­ing the fines for il­le­gally park­ing in blue zone park­ing spa­ces. In ad­di­tion, these changes will strengthen the re­quire­ment that signs iden­ti­fy­ing spa­ces des­ig­nated for per­sons with phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties be clearly iden­ti­fied, per­ma­nent and kept in good re­pair.

“The Gov­ern­ment of New­found­land and Labrador takes these types of vi­o­la­tions very se­ri­ously,” said Paul Davis, Min­is­ter of Ser­vice NL.

“As a re­sult of our re­view of the reg­u­la­tions, we have more than dou­bled fines in an ef­fort to cre­ate a greater de­ter­rent against il­le­gal park­ing by those who are not en­ti­tled to park in these spa­ces. With these new fines in place, law en­force­ment of­fi­cials will have a much stronger tool to use when tar­get­ing these of­fend­ers.”

In ad­di­tion to the fines for park­ing in des­ig­nated spa­ces with­out the proper per­mit in­creas­ing from the cur­rent range of $45 to $180 to the new range of $100 to $400, the new reg­u­la­tions also state that signs iden­ti­fy­ing blue zone park­ing spa­ces are to be per­ma­nent and vis­i­ble at all times.

“As a gov­ern­ment we are com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing that peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties are in­cluded in all as­pects of so­ci­ety, and this in­cludes en­sur­ing that they have ad­e­quate ac­cess to des­ig­nated park­ing,” said Joan Burke, Min­is­ter Re­spon­si­ble for the Sta­tus of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties.

“These new reg­u­la­tions will help re­move bar­ri­ers for mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who have ex­pe­ri­enced dif­fi­cul­ties with park­ing, es­pe­cially dur­ing the win­ter months when sig­nage may not prop­erly iden­tify these park­ing spa­ces.”

“While we rec­og­nize that more work needs to be done, we are pleased to be able to respond to these spe­cific con­cerns raised by peo­ple with mo­bil­ity dis­abil­i­ties in or­der to im­prove ac­ces­si­bil­ity to park­ing within our com­mu­ni­ties,” Davis added.

The new fines come into ef­fect on April 1, 2012. The reg­u­la­tions on sig­nage will come into ef­fect for new and pro­posed build­ings on Feb. 15, 2012. Ex­ist­ing prop­er­ties which are sub­ject to the Build­ings Ac­ces­si­bil­ity and Reg­u­la­tions will be re­quired to com­ply by Sept. 30, 2012.

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