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Should disabled people pay for parking?


I was watching the news and heard that a Toronto councillor has suggested that disabled people should pay for parking on city streets. This has caused a major debate out there. I was wondering what you think? Apparently before there were disabled stickers put on car plates of disabled but this did not allow disabled people to use other cars and still park in disabled spots. Now there is the permit that is not attached to the car and is just put on the dash and there are many fraudulent permits out there. What do you think the solution to this is? I think that perhaps the permits should have a bar code on it for city people to can run it to check if it is a ligitimate permit. If people could still photocopy the barcodes, maybe they should have some sort of an disabled ID card along with the permit that the permit holder has to place on the dash along with the permit. What do you think about the city councillor's proposal?
Feb 13, 2007 @ 12:33 pm

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Definitely no!

Asking disabled people to pay for parking is like telling them that they have to pay for the fact that they have a disability. Completely wrong! The entire point of even having disability parking spaces is so that they have easier access to facilities. That Toronto councillor is asking for trouble! Already persons with disabilities need more money in order to give them access to disability aids, such as wheelchairs, ramps, anything that helps them accommodate their needs. To ask them to pay is robbery.

MizzRobin, I do agree with you. There should be something special on the permits which makes them more difficult to copy, such as the word "VOID" or "INVALID" when they try to copy them, or some sort of code to verify the credibility of the pass. If people are creating fraudulent passes then it is the government's job to track them down and deal with the problem, not that of the persons with disabilities themselves.

Though I still can't believe that that councillor even suggested that. I think it is totally wrong.
Feb 13, 2007 @ 06:38 pm

There's a lot of abuse

While I don't think disabled should have to pay for the parking, I do think there is a lot of abuse. People with fake permits, you should be ashamed of yourselves!

But seriously, how much of a problem is it really having the occasional cars parked with the handicap sign? To me, sounds like another cash grab. Typical.
Feb 13, 2007 @ 11:01 pm

I'm on the fence here

I agree that disabled people have enough to deal with without having to pay extra for parking but at the same time, it should not always be up to the rest of society to subsidize everyone. Maybe if they paid a reduced rate...

The reason I'm a little unsure on this issue is because there are many more people who may require preferential parking but don't qualify. As a mother of three (of which two are under 3 years old), I have a terrible time parking. I have to drag the little ones around in strollers, holding hands, whatever - sometimes for several blocks or from the back end of a monstrous parking lot. Not only is this inconvenient, it is a safety risk for me. My toddler often gets loose and goes tearing down the sidewalk while I balance my infant in his bucket/carseat thingy on my hip and send my young daughter after the runaway to catch him. Very unsafe.

I recently moved to the States and in my new city haven't found any locations that offer parking for "parent of infants" near to the entrance. I also see very pregnant women and elderly people tottering through the parking lot braving ice patches and unattentive drivers on their way.

It bothers me that while disabled people get ramps, parking spots, etc. (and these are ALL GOOD THINGS, don't get me wrong!), there are many other people that could use a little extra help. Yet we get to pay full price.

Just a little thing that irks me.
Feb 14, 2007 @ 10:39 am

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