Bass Coast,
02
July
2015
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08:55
Australia/Melbourne

No Permit – No Parking Campaign Underway

Bass Coast Shire Council is ensuring disabled parking bays are being used correctly with a ‘No Permit – No Parking’ campaign this winter.

During the colder months, weather conditions can be quite severe with rain, strong winds and very cold conditions. Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said these kinds of conditions often see an increase in the illegal use of disabled parking bays.

“It is important for these parking bays to be used by people who hold the correct permits so they are in close proximity to shops, rather than be taken by people who don’t have any issues with mobility,” Cr Brown said.

“There are around 2,300 current disabled parking permits issued to Bass Coast residents and only a limited number of disabled parking bays, only further reiterating the importance of making these parks available to permit holders only.”

Council’s General Manager Healthy Communities, David Elder, said the current Disabled Persons’ Parking Scheme provides for two permit categories with varying parking concessions based on the applicant’s need for assistance.

“The permit must be displayed when the vehicle is being used to transport the individual to whom the permit was issued,” Mr Elder said.

“Permits cannot be used if the permit holder is not travelling in the vehicle, but they can be used by the permit holder Australia-wide.”

Mr Elder said the campaign would be focussing on people illegally parking in disabled parking bay or not displaying a permit correctly.

“We encourage all disabled parking permit holders to check their permits are current and displayed correctly in their vehicles,” Mr Elder said.

“Permits must be clearly displayed so the permit number and expiry date are visible from the exterior of the vehicle.”

For new permit holders, application forms are available from Council Customer Service offices and must be completed by a medical practitioner.

For more information, please contact Council’s Local Laws Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.