End the Rorting of Disability Parking Permits

Jan Barham, Greens MP and Disability spokesperson, is calling on the NSW Government to release its report on the review of the Mobility Parking Scheme which was due out late last year.

“The disability sector is keen to see action from Government to ensure Mobility Parking Permits only go to those individuals with a disability who genuinely need it. Many people have been concerned about the levels of abuse in the scheme and a question in Parliament has requested an update,” Ms Barham said.

In 2012, an independent advisory committee was established to review the Mobility Parking Scheme in New South Wales. For a number of years the scheme, which allows people with mobility restrictions to park for extended periods in time restricted parking spaces, has suffered from abuse.

“The review of the Mobility Parking Scheme will define the tightening of the eligibility criteria and advance the harmonisation of state and territory disability parking schemes into a single Australian Disability Parking Scheme (ADPS). Improving the scheme would allow for international recognition of the scheme and allow Australians who hold a permit to use it when travelling overseas.”

Ms Barham noted that there had been over 60,000 revoked permits recorded by the RTA/RMS and that in 2010–11, there were 728 infringements issued. Some past reports have estimated that one in three permits displayed in ticket/meter and time-limited areas for long periods of time are being used unlawfully.

“We know some people have been flouting the rules but there has also been inadequate enforcement. Disability parking fines in NSW are the highest in the country but most offences are committed by persons other than the permit holder, whether by other family members or from stolen permits,” Ms Barham said.

“The Government needs to release this report and explain how it will reform disability parking to support those who genuinely need it and stamp out the problems and abuse.”