TVNZ One News reported new technology that allows monitoring of mobility parking spaces. The new technology is touted as a breakthrough and the developers say it might even eliminate disability parking poaching altogether.
The parking lot at the Rouyn campus of the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue is not wheelchair friendly. This issue is only one of many physical accessibility barriers at the university. I understand that there are students who have been battling the university for at least 3 years, asking them to resolve the issues. So far, they have gotten nowhere.
It’s an outrage. The car of a wheelchair-bound woman was clamped, not once, but TWICE, reports the Waikato Times. Apparently the first time, the permit had fallen off the dashboard. This time, she left home with an expired permit by mistake. Her vehicle was clamped and she apparently had difficulties getting the clamped removed. It is indeed an outrage. I am a wheelchair user, and you might be surprised to hear I don’t have a whole lot of sympathy for Mrs Adams.
Some people will think I’m making too much of a fuss about disability parking spaces being used by people who don’t have a parking permit. There’s already been grumbles on Twitter that I’m like a dog with a bone, I won’t let it go. I admit, it’s a pet peeve of mine. The thing is, it *does* invade my life and impacts on just about everything I do outside the house.
Today has been a long day at work. It is cold outside, and it’s wet as well. By the time I arrived at the supermarket, it was also dark. And as happens so often, out of four disability carparks, two were occupied by cars without disability parking permit. I was not happy at all.