Wellard Train station disability parking bays reinstated after backlash

Wellard Train station disability parking bays reinstated after backlash

THREE disability parking bays removed from Wellard Train Station in recent months have been reinstated by the Department of Transport after locals complained.

Residents John Schilte and Vargha Bazm both received parking fines for being forced to park across two standard bays when the disability bays were removed.

Disability parking bays are wider than standard bays to allow drivers more space to exit and enter their vehicle.

Mr Schilte (78) said after the bays were removed, he had difficulty walking to the train station from a standard bay and would have fallen over if not for his wife, who helped him walk the distance.

He is pleased the station now has a total of six disability parking bays again.

Kwinana MLA Roger Cook helped the two residents have their fines waived and the bays reinstated.

“We were able to chat to the Minister (for Transport’s) office and firstly say it’s unreasonable for these people to incur a fine because you’ve taken away these car parks and secondly they should restore the disability bays as there is a clear need for them,” he said.

“To the Government’s credit, not only did they waive the fees but they reinstated the car bays.

“We’re happy with the outcome.”

Public Transport Authority spokesman David Hynes said the ratio of disability parking bays at Wellard was far in excess of its standards, but it had agreed to reinstall the bays after learning about occasional users of the train having trouble finding accessible parking.

The bays were originally repurposed to standard parking spots in May to meet the increasing demand for parking bays in the area.