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.

Click here for more information on how to apply for a parking permit.