MUNICIPALITY TARGETS ILLEGAL PARKING IN BAYS FOR DISABLED
The Mossel Bay Municipality has launched a special campaign against people parking illegally in parking bays reserved for the disabled. Twelve people have been charged and one vehicle has been towed away since last Friday. The campaign will continue for an indefinite period.
The Municipality has also advised that the National Road Traffic Regulations with regard to disabled parking have been amended. In terms of Regulation 305 (7) no person other than the disabled person shall park a motor vehicle in a parking bay reserved for disabled persons.
From the regulation it is very clear that only a disabled person in possession of a driver’s license will qualify for a permit. The disabled person must be the driver of the vehicle in order to park in a disabled parking bay.
Only legible permits are valid and an illegible permit on a vehicle will not be acceptable. Application forms for a permit can be obtained from the Municipal Traffic Department.
“The illegal parking in the bays for the disabled is unfortunately a recurring problem and it is disappointing to see that there are so many people who ignore the signs to indicate that certain parking bays are reserved for the disabled.
“It is a very selfish action which also shows disrespect for the disabled. The Municipality appeals to able-bodied drivers to adhere to the parking regulations and refrain from parking in the bays concerned, not only during the day but at night as well,” said the Municipal Manager, Dr Michele Gratz.
The fine for parking in a bay for the disabled is R500. If a vehicle is towed away, the cost is for the account of the vehicle owner. The present rate is R480.