Warning over disabled driver badge
The Federal Traffic Council has recommended a crackdown on people using a disabled driver’s badge when they are not disabled. The recommendation says permits should only be issued to those who are disabled. If the rule comes into effect it will mean that family members or friends cannot borrow the permit to use it to park in designated disabled zones anymore. “There is a shortage in disabled parking, and people who need it most sometimes cannot find a parking space,” said General Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen, Head of the Federal Traffic Council. “Under the current rules, a disabled parking permit is given out to vehicle owner and allows its holders to use disabled parking. “We want to include his disability on the driver’s licence,” added Al Zafeen. The council also reiterated a previous recommendation to force drivers with a history of illnesses, such as diabetes and epilepsy, to undergo a medical examination before being issued with a licence. “In Australia, medical authorities report cases that they think would pose a risk on the road due to their medical condition to licenceissuing authorities, we recommended that this should be done here,” Al Zafeen said.