Parking laws for disabled
Let's speak against the Council policies of charging mobility card holders for parking
What about parking do you avoid busy places because you can not get a car park?
My name is Glen McMillan 85% disabled, I was at the a council meeting when councillors voted to charge disabled people to park in a standard parking space
Mobility parking card holders have that card for a reason because they are disabled, charging mobility parking card holders for parking is targeting the weakest in our society.
I was the disabled person using a walking stick, at a council meeting I arrived on a mobility scooter, walking for me is painful and hard I was at a council meeting where several figures were mentioned in particular.
It was stated that there were 5000 mobility card holders in my city.
One councillor claimed that we would be getting in deep water if we do not charge the disabled, because he claimed 37% of the population would be entitled to apply for a mobility card.
$200.000 per year was the figure given that council would benefit – including infringements against mobility card holders.
So 5000 cardholders and 35000 potential cardholders, that is 40000 people, how many submissions did they get 2.
Submissions 2 and they call this democracy? I am disabled and an advocate for change, I did not make a submission because I only heard about the proposal one day before the council meeting.
I come from Auckland. I only ever received one parking ticket issued by the Auckland City Council, the fine was $40.00, I took the case to court and won, the entire fleet of ACC parking officers vehicles had to be removed from service and brought up to the standards required in the legislation, this was Auckland but I believe it was the whole country’s fleet that did not comply. As I won the case I did not pay the $40.00 but no doubt councils bill ran to hundreds of thousands.
I won not because I was disabled I won because I was able to find a hole in the legislation.
I struggle to walk any distance I fall often 15 metres is hard 50 metres really hard, then add 100 metres to and from the ticket machine all so I can spend five minutes in the post office. it will take 10 to 15 minutes to get to and from the ticket machine, another question unanswered by councils it whether or not these ticket machines are accessible to wheelchair users, in most cases they will not be. because it will take at least 10 or 15 minutes to get to and from the ticket machine, will I get a parking ticket before I am able to make my way back to my car.
If I get issued a parking ticket by my council while using my mobility card, 100% guarantee I will take it to court, any weakness in your legislation, and I will find it.
We the disabled community in New Zealand face a range of difficulties not faced by the average person or their families. New Zealand can have an established online disability advisory group right here and on Facebook.
I intend to setup a online poll on both this website and Facebook lets see if we can get more than the two submissions my council got. I think it guaranteed I will receive more than two comments / submissions
Here is a link to Mobility Parking Action here https://disabilityadvisorygroup.org/mobility-parking-action/