Vision impaired Queenslanders can now use disability parking

The State’s peak motoring body has welcomed new laws which allow vision impaired Queenslanders to apply for disability parking permits and use disability parking spaces.

Brisbane Times reported new legislation passed on Tuesday made people with permanent and temporary vision loss eligible for disability parking permits for the very first time.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Steve Spalding said this change had been something the Club had lobbied for and it would make it easier for those with vision impairments, and their carers, to access car parks.

“Stopping people with a vision impairment from being able to legally park in disability spots was putting them at risk,” Mr Spalding said.

“Car parks are busy and dangerous places to navigate and this change means more Queenslanders will be able to access safer and more convenient car spaces.”

Mr Spalding said while the Club supported the fine for parking in a disability space without a permit increasing to $533, there still needed to be greater enforcement of the rules.

“We want to see local governments, shopping centres and car park operators enforcing the rules, because if people know they’ll get caught, they’re less likely to park illegally,” he said.

“We also urge drivers to be respectful and keep these spaces free for the people who need them.”