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‘Laziness is not a disability’: Mayor on use of designated parking stalls
Julia Parrish, CTV Edmonton
Published Monday, November 26, 2012 4:06PM MST
The City of Edmonton is reminding drivers to park appropriately – and to leave designated parking stalls available for those who need them.
“Laziness is not a disability, but an excuse,” Mayor Stephen Mandel said in a press release. “There is no excuse for parking illegally.
“By leaving accessible stalls for individuals who need them, we promote a safe, accessible, more livable Edmonton.”
City officials said drivers who park in accessible stalls without a parking permit could also put those drivers at risk, besides creating a barrier for them.
“Without accessible parking, individuals with disabilities may be forced to travel distances beyond what is specified by a medical practitioner,” Shauna Helm, with Edmonton’s Advisory Board on Services for Persons with Disabilities said in a press release. “This puts them in danger of physical harm.”
Drivers who park in accessible parking stalls without permits can face a fine of $250 – in addition to paying for towing and impound charges.
The week of November 26 to 30 has been proclaimed Accessible Parking Awareness Week.