November is Accessible Parking Awareness Month.
Have you ever parked illegally in a designated accessible parking spot?
Have you ever used someone else’s accessible parking permit or one not legally authorized for your use?
Some things you should know:
1) Accessible parking permits are only for people with disabilities and are not to be lent or given to anyone else for any reason;
2) If the permit-holder doesn’t leave the vehicle at a destination the vehicle must be parked in a regular parking spot, not in a designated accessible spot;
3) Accessible parking permits are not inherited by anyone, even a mate;
4) If the permit-holder is able to walk a short distance, they should consider leaving the accessible parking spot for someone in a wheelchair who needs the wider space;
5) Many disabilities are invisible. Appearances can be deceiving. If you think you qualify for a permit check with your doctor’s office or SPARC BC their email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please be thoughtful, considerate and responsible.
While some may think having an accessible parking permit is a “perk,” those of us who have one wish we didn’t need one.
Marney, Vince & Mary on behalf of South Fraser Active Living (SFAL)