I never considered disabled people until my mom had to use a wheelchair. I am now disabled due to an amputation and also have to use a wheelchair. I went to the traffic department to get a disabled sticker and they were extremely courteous, helped with everything and assisted my wife in getting the documentation.
Now I find that many inconsiderate people park in disabled zones with no sticker or permission. Disabled parking means what it says on the sign: don’t park there. Today I went to the Mediclinic for treatment and someone had parked a big white Land Rover, with no disabled sticker, over two disabled parking places. The traffic enforcement should fine these transgressors R1000 every time – maybe then they won’t park where they should not.
The situation was just as bad when I went to the mall in Sandbaai. Out of every car parked in a disabled bay – and there were many – not one had a sticker that gives them permission to do so. I don’t care if you have a bad back or a sore foot, or are having problems, or are late and want to nip into the store, and park there just because it’s convenient. You can walk and I cannot. Who needs the space more?
Please think before you park in a zone where you don’t belong. Thank you