City of London Parking Services conducted an enforcement blitz on accessible parking spaces last week, visiting both private and public parking lots across the city.
Between November 19 and 25, 2018, there were 289 tickets issued for accessible parking violations and 40 permits seized. This is an increase in tickets and seizures from the July 2018 enforcement blitz. Violations range from altered permits, permit photocopies, not having permits displayed, expiry date covered (indicating that old permits are being used by non-permitted relatives or friends). For some, the permit holder is deceased or permit holder wasn't present when vehicle was parked in a space.
Designated accessible parking spaces are designed for individuals with accessibility issues and may feature more space between vehicles and are often located near an entrance. These spaces are intended for individuals that have been issued an accessible parking permit by the Province. The enforcement blitz was aimed at ensuring that accessible parking spaces and by-law exemptions are being used by persons who are properly complying with the regulations of a valid accessible parking permit.
When an accessible parking space is misused it prevents the space from being available to those who need access.
“These spaces are required for those who need them; they are not a luxury or a convenience,” said Annette Drost, Manager, Municipal Law Enforcement Services, Parking Services. “They give people a quality of life to allow them to visit or shop in our community.”
Misuses of accessible parking spaces observed during the enforcement blitz included:
· Vehicles parked in designated signed accessible parking spaces with no accessible parking permit displayed
· Accessible parking permits being used by someone other than the permit holder
· Fraudulent permits displayed including photocopies and altered permits
· Expired permits displayed and/or the expiry date is obscured