Advocates Find Most Vehicles At Mobility Car Parks Are
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 28, 2006
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND--Most vehicles in New Zealand's mobility car parks are parked there illegally, a disability support and advocacy group reported Monday.
"This is a shocking misuse of mobility parks and we should be truly ashamed," said Peter Wilson, mobility parking manager for the group CCS.
Group members monitored parking spaces at 73 mobility car parks specifically designated for people with physical disabilities around the country.
To their astonishment, they found that more than 50 percent of those parked in the sites did so without the proper permits. About one-half of those were age 40 or younger. Eleven percent were trade or business vehicles.
Wilson told the New Zealand Press Association that it might be time for New Zealand to increase fines for people who park illegally in such zones.
Earlier this summer, the CCS launched its "Caught" campaign to draw attention to the need to clamp down on illegal parkers.
Press statement -- "CCS Launch Mobility Campaign" (CCS)