New permits ease mobility parking
A revamped mobility parking permit scheme will see the chunky orange plastic cards currently in use replaced by a barcoded card.
The new system can be checked in real-time by parking wardens.
Scanning the barcode will instantly advise wardens whether the card is valid or whether it is stolen, CCS chief executive David Matthews says.
The Royal Oak-based organisation administers the 34-year-old parking scheme which is intended to make it easier for people with disability to get out in the community.
‘‘The scheme is growing by about 5000 permit holders per year, so it’s clearly meeting a need,’’ Mr Matthews says.
The dashboard display card allows the bearer to park in spots that are often closer to building entranceways and also allows the bearer to park for longer times in public spaces.
Wheelchair user Graeme Sinclair says the cards are crucial to his role as the presenter of Gone Fishing –a job that sees him travelling all over the country.
‘‘It provides not only immediate access but also handy access to a lot of important locations,’’ he says.
‘‘The only frustration I have with the system is when there are buggers who are parked in a disability park who shouldn’t be there.’’
Mr Matthews hopes changes to the parking scheme will help curb abuse of the system.
People who park in disabled spots without a permit risk a $150 fine.
Cards also get stolen and misused by ineligible people.
Mr Matthews says as well as making it easier for wardens to monitor the cards, the changes also clarify who qualifies for the permits.
‘‘And we’ve made the criteria a lot clearer and simpler, so people can fully understand who is eligible.’’
Further changes will also see the application process streamlined with people being able to apply online in the next six months, Mr Matthews says.
Refreshed: New mobility parking cards are easier to read.