Legally blind Queenslanders to be eligible for disability parking

The State’s peak motoring body has welcomed changes to disability parking, which would allow people with vision impairments to legally use the designated spaces.

The Queensland Government announced eligibility for the disability parking permit scheme would be extended to those who were legally blind, while tougher fines would be enforced for people who illegally parked in the spaces.

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

“Car parks can often be busy and dangerous places to navigate, with cars constantly coming and going. The eligibility change means 18,000 more Queenslanders will be able to access safer and more convenient car spaces, often when they need them most,” Mr Spalding said.

“This change also brings Queensland into line with New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.”

Mr Spalding said the Club called for greater enforcement of the rules, to deter drivers from illegally parking in disability spaces.

“We want to see local governments, shopping centre peak bodies and car park operators beef up their enforcement, and we urge drivers to be courteous and respectful, and keep these spaces free for those who need them.”