ILLEGAL parking in disabled parking bays has led to Armadale resident Roy Sainsbury embarking on a campaign for increased monitoring and enforcement of fines, up to $2000.
Mr Sainsbury is annoyed people regularly park in the ACROD disabled bays without permits.
“They do so knowing it is a disabled bay, as they are clearly marked but they are too lazy to walk,” he said.
“People do it all the time, especially during the busy periods and something needs to be done.
“We need to educate them that these bays are for people who are disabled.”
He said disabled people were finding it hard to go shopping and access medical facilities and there was an increasing number of aged people needing to use these facilities.
“Because of these ignorant people, the disabled are forced to walk long distances,” he said.
“A lot of shopping centres do the right thing but some of them are recalcitrant and won’t do anything,”
Mr Sainsbury encouraged shopping centres to take a more active role in enforcing regulations and suggested City of Armadale rangers become involved if necessary.
However, they currently lack the authority to patrol in shopping centre car parks, which is something Mr Sainsbury would like to see changed, but acknowledged they did a good job on City streets.
Armadale City Shopping Centre manager Quentin Dennis said the centre understood the “frustration valid ACROD parkers may experience” when they cannot find an open bay, and asked “all to contact security as soon as possible if they identify non-compliant parkers, so we may respond appropriately”.
“We provide a total of 28 ACROD bays for vehicles displaying a valid disability permit, 14 of these spaces are in our undercover carparks, and all are located in close proximity to the centre’s entrances,” Mr Dennis said.
“The remaining 14 ACROD bays are located on our top deck carpark, with shade sail coverage and are also located close to Centre entrances.”
He said the centre also had a further 12 senior bays and six parent with prams bays.
“We endeavour to always remind customers that these bays exist for selected groups in the community,” he said.
Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones said only councils had the power to issue modified penalties under Disability Parking Regulations.
“However to enable the City to enforce the regulations within a private parking facility, an agreement must be in place with the owners of the parking facility,” Cr Zelones said.
“The City strictly enforces these provisions in public spaces but does not currently have an agreement in place within either of the City’s main shopping centres.
“Members of the public should always be aware of the penalties involved and the importance of keeping these specially marked bays available for those with disability.”
Cr Zelones said the city did not receive many complaints as people were aware of the restrictions for ACROD parking.
“However when necessary, the City’s Rangers enforce the penalty for unauthorised use of these bays,” he said.