Posted December 05, 2015 11:44:22

Drivers who illegally use a parking space for men and women with a disability in South Australia could quickly be issued with a demerit point in addition to a fine below a new program.

The State Government has backed the laws proposed by Dignity for Disability MLC Kelly Vincent, and is investigating ways to implement the alter.

Ms Vincent stated the current fines program was not a powerful enough deterrent with her workplace getting several complaints about the “very widespread difficulty”.

“I think individuals will feel twice if they are to risk acquiring a demerit point, specifically if they are a younger driver who may possibly not be on their full licence and cannot afford to shed demerit points,” she stated.

“It will send a stronger message and I feel that has been the expertise in New South Wales exactly where these laws have been introduced.

“It is crucial to keep in mind this is not about comfort.

“This is about somebody who might or may not use a wheelchair or mobility help or may not be in a position to walk very far to get to a certain venue … it is also about security.”

Ms Vincent stated men and women in wheelchairs were less visible in vehicle parks due to their seated position which could create dangers if a disability park was not offered.

She also noted some people who utilised wheelchairs and aids necessary to ask strangers to back their cars out of standard parks because there was not sufficient room to enable them to put their gear in the vehicle.

Ms Vincent stated the State Government was in discussions with regional governments about how to implement the alterations.

It is hoped the new law will be in location subsequent year.

Topics: visitors-offences, law-crime-and-justice, disabilities, states-and-territories, government-and-politics, adelaide-5000, sa

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