Disabled parking gets hotline

Disabled bays are reserved for wheelchair customers as they are wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair. File photo Image by: Wikimedia Commons.
Disabled bays are reserved for wheelchair customers as they are wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair. File photo
Image by: Wikimedia Commons.

People who see red when drivers park illegally in disabled bays can now have those cars removed by calling 086-167-2226.

The South African Community Action Network will contact the shopping centre’s management or the police to remove vehicles from bays designed for disabled drivers.

“When a member of the public calls with a description and the location of the vehicle, the duty manager will contact the shopping centre and tell management to move the vehicle,” network spokesman Lachlan Nicholson said.

He said the network would call police to remove the vehicle if centre management ignored the call.

QuadPara Association of SA CEO Ari Seirlis said: “Some people just cannot resist the temptation of an empty wheelchair parking bay.”

Disabled bays are reserved for wheelchair customers as they are wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair.

“Many people who have a limp, a crutch, a walking stick, emphysema or are short of breath, feel they have a right to use this space. They do not,” Seirlis said.

He said disabled drivers should display a legitimate sticker from an accredited disability agency.

Sandton City centre manager Sharon Swain said those who parked illegally often abused its security guards and parking attendants. The car’s wheels would be clamped and a fine levied.

-Nivashni Nair

4 thoughts on “Disabled parking gets hotline

  • July 6, 2015 at 3:28 pm
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    What happens when it is the police who park on the disabled parking? Clamp a police car or tow it away??haha

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  • July 6, 2015 at 3:00 pm
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    Excellent – I hope this service operates well and makes people think twice about taking a parking they shouldn’t.

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