A single demerit point will now be added to an offender’s record when they misuse a disabled parking space, and the fine is $519.
But NSW is the first to implement the additional discouragement of a demerit point penalty, which Roads Minister Duncan Gay says will stamp out the “irresponsible and rude” practice.
“I have made it very clear I’m outraged by able-bodied people who steal disabled car parks just to make their life easier,” Mr Gay said.
“These people selfishly deny vulnerable members of our community close access to buildings and sufficient room to get in and out of their vehicles - they are low-lifes, simple.”
The Minister further cleared the issue by stating that the new rules would impact areas “wherever disabled parking offences are currently enforced, whether on a public road or in a car park”.
This does, however, leave a ‘grey area’ around disabled parking spaces on private property, where a business has sought to enforce its own parking rules when offering parking to customers.
“Drivers who think about parking illegally in disabled car parks need to know the demerit point penalty can contribute towards licence suspension and also make drivers ineligible for discounted driver’s licence renewal fees and reduced insurance premiums,” Mr Gay said.
“The demerit point will hopefully help people use their moral compass and think twice before choosing to park their vehicles illegally in a disabled car park.”
A phone service exists for motorists to ‘dob-in’ an offender breaching the NSW Mobility Parking Scheme. The number is 1300 884 899.
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