Legally blind Queenslanders can now apply for disability parking permit

RACQ has welcomed safer parking options for vision impaired Queenslanders, with residents diagnosed as legally blind able to apply for the Disability Permit Scheme from today.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said the Club had lobbied for this change to make it easier for those with vision impairments, and their carers, to access car spaces.

“Previously, disability permits were only handed out to people unable to walk and this was obviously putting the blind at risk in often busy and potentially dangerous situations,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Sadly, far too many visually impaired people have been hit or experienced a near-miss trying to navigate busy carparks to get to the front door.

“This change means thousands of Queenslanders will now be able to access safer and more convenient car spaces.”

Ms Ritchie reminded drivers the fine for parking in a disability space without a permit had increased to $533.

“Please don’t park in a disabled space without a permit, because these spots are reserved for those with impaired mobility, wheelchairs or who are vision impaired to get around safely,” she said. 

“If you park in one of these spaces, even for a short time, you not only seriously inconvenience someone who genuinely needs the space but you could also put them in danger.” 

More information on how to apply for a disability parking permit could be found here.