Saturday 1 October 2016

Disabled drivers' misery over illegal use of parking spaces

Published 13/09/2016 | 02:30

Disabled parking spaces are often taken illegally by motorists
Disabled parking spaces are often taken illegally by motorists

Disabled drivers who approach other motorists illegally using their parking spaces are often met with aggression and abuse.

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The Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland said the most common non-aggressive excuse for 'invading' an accessible space for disabled drivers is 'I'll only be a minute'. But that's never the case and illegal parking like this causes genuine misery.

Other commonly used excuses are 'I'll move if somebody comes along and wants the space' or 'I'll park where I like', both showing a total disregard for drivers who need those spaces the most.

Transport Minister Shane Ross said: "It is totally unacceptable that people who do not need them would take up disabled parking spaces. These are not just reserved spaces. They are spaces designed with wider dimensions than standard parking spaces, and generally placed near to shops and other facilities to enable people with disabilities to access facilities which they would otherwise find difficult to reach."

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