Manitobans Get Help From Lawmaker In Parking Campaign
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 16, 2005
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--Tired of drivers improperly parking in those spaces designated for people with disabilities, an advocacy group has launched an awareness campaign to put an end to the practice -- with the help of Steven Fletcher, Canada's first quadriplegic member of parliament.
"When people park in the disabled parking spots when they are able-bodied it is really ridiculous," Fletcher told the Winnipeg Sun last week. "It just shows how insensitive and lazy some people can be. I would encourage people to respect the spots and if they see someone abusing the spots to tell them."
Fletcher, who has used a wheelchair for the last eight years, said: "There are reasons the spots exist. Just because a spot is empty doesn't mean it isn't going to be used in a short period of time."
The campaign urges the public to report incidents of drivers misusing the reserved spots. Those who use a parking stall without a proper pass, or fraudulently using someone else's pass, can be fined $150.
"Fletcher Agrees. No Permit. No Parking." (Society for Manitobans with Disabilities)