Warn­ing over dis­abled driver badge

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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.

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