Many motorists would agree that occupying a disabled parking spot despite not having a permit is one of the most inconsiderate parking offenses a driver can commit.
Although most motorists do the right thing, there are still drivers who continue to park illegally in these designated places.
In order to try to deter these selfish road users, a state is willing to introduce new severe penalties for this crime.
The Queensland Government has introduced new legislation that will more than double the fine for drivers who park illegally in spaces reserved for people with disabilities.
Under the new rules, the current fine will increase from $ 266 to $ 533.
The review will also see some 18,000 more eligible people to apply for a disability permit by including people with visual disabilities.
Transportation and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the government will work to implement the changes in mid-2020.
“Drivers who illegally occupy disabled parking spaces should expect to be severely penalized,” Bailey said.
“Expanding the permit criteria to include legally blind people means that around 18,000 more Queensland residents may need these spaces.
“We believe there are enough spaces to meet that additional demand, but we must also convey the message that it is unacceptable to occupy spaces reserved for people with disabilities.
“It is arrogant and selfish behavior that the community does not support.
“If you do, you will pay dearly.”
These changes will put Queensland in line with New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, which include legal blindness as a criterion in their permit schemes.
This increased penalty will make it the third largest fine for parking in an area reserved for people with disabilities.
The ACT has the most severe penalty for this crime, with a fine of $ 600, while NSW ranks second with a fine of $ 572.
If you get caught breaking this rule in South Australia, you can impose a fine of $ 450.
In Tasmania and Victoria you will have to disburse $ 168 and $ 165 in fines.
Illegally occupying a disabled parking spot in the Northern Territory will cost you $ 135 and in Western Australia it will result in a fine of $ 120.
SYDNEY DRIVER CAUGHT
Another example of a selfish driver who was making fun of the disabled parking rules came up Thursday, causing anger among other motorists.
A photo of a white 4WD with a trailer was parked in two handicapped parking lots in a parking lot in Bayview Park on the beaches of North Sydney.
The image was shared on the Facebook page of a local rig store, Downrigger Shop, leaving other drivers less than impressed.
“That is an ignorance of the next level,” said one person.
“He must be the most important person in the world,” wrote another.
The person who took the picture told the store that there were more than 30 trailer parking spots right next to the boat ramp that the driver had to pass to reach the disabled bays.
Fortunately, the driver’s selfish act was not unpunished, with a fine of $ 572 noticed on his windshield.
However, some users thought they should have received another fine for occupying two spaces.