Two different fines to apply for parking in disabled bay

DISABILITY parking is a "social issue" which needs to be addressed not through more fines but through enforcement, says one local resident.

Although the State Government has increased fines for unauthorised parking in disabled bays, Southern Downs Regional Council regulations will stay the same.

This means that if ticketed by a Queensland police officer, the motorist will receive a fine of $220, as per the new state requirements.

However, disabled parking fines will remain at $110 if the ticket is issued by a council parking officer.

A concerned Warwick resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said there was no point to the fines if the rules were not enforced.

He said many disability parking areas were not patrolled enough.

"I have often seen people park in the bay, run to the shops to get a few things...jump back in and drive off," he said.

"They are obviously not disabled because I can see them running."

He said there was also a misuse of disabled parking permits by motorists.

"I've seen people from a recognised carer organisation use the company car to park in the bay to do their own personal shopping...like they have the right to usurp the parking bay," he said.

"To use the permit, you must be picking up or dropping off a disabled person, or have a disabled person in the car with you."

He said it "absolutely affects the quality of life for someone who actually needs it".

"We're not after anything special; we just want a fair go for disabled people," he said.



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