Some Not Surprised By Illegal Parking Revelations
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
September 5, 2006
WAIRARAPA, NEW ZEALAND--Folks with disabilities in Wairarapa say they are not at all surprised at a study released last week that found most vehicles in New Zealand's mobility car parks are parked there illegally.
The August 28 report by disability advocacy group CCS said more than 50 percent of cars parked in the designated sites did not have proper permits.
"I run into problems all the time," wheelchair user Peter Van Wanrooy told the Wairarapa Time-Age. "Some buggers seem to think 'I'll just be a second, so it won't matter'. But it really doesn't matter if it's a second or an hour. It's a matter of respect."
Mathew Wills, who has cerebral palsy, told the newspaper that there have been times when he has had to go home because the spaces were full of drivers without disabilities.
"They don't realize how much impact they can have on people's daily lives," he said.
In the city of Palmerston North, Mayor Heather Tanguay said she was disappointed that supermarket representatives didn't attend a forum that the Disabled Person's Assembly had organized to address the abuse of parking spots.
According to a press release, Tanguay has written to retailers asking them to take more responsibility for policing mobility car parks near their businesses.
Earlier this summer, the CCS launched its "Caught" campaign to draw attention to the need to clamp down on illegal parkers.