Council cracks down on inappropriate use of disabled parking bays: Issued 11 September 2012
MEDIA RELEASE: 11 September 2012
Council is reminding drivers who park in disabled areas without appropriate or current permits that hefty fines apply.
City of Casey Mayor Cr Sam Aziz said ‘The misuse of disabled parking bays is a constant source of angst within the community.
‘With 15,800 disabled parking permits issued in the municipality, disabled parking bays are in high demand near shopping centres, community facilities and schools.
‘Infringements can be issued by Council or Victoria Police to drivers inappropriately using disabled parking bays. If the disabled parking bay is located in a ‘road related area’, even on private property, Council and Police can take enforcement action’, said Cr Aziz.
The penalty for parking in a disabled parking bay without a permit, as set by the State Government and adjusted annually, is $141.
‘Carers, family members and friends of permit holders should also note that they cannot park in disabled areas without the holder of the permit being present in the car’, added Cr Aziz.
Council will write to all Victorian small passenger carrying services, specifically taxi cab companies, advising them of the correct use of disabled parking permits as stipulated in the Road Safety Road Rules 2009.
Council is reminding disabled parking permit holders to renew their permit with Council every three years.