Letter: Disabled parking in Richmond is for...disabled people

Dear Editor,

I would like to comment on parking for the disabled and vehicles that display a tag indicating that the vehicle was parking there because a disabled person was an occupant of that vehicle.

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It was always my understanding that parking for the disabled was reserved for persons with disabilities who were either passengers or drivers of vehicles using such parking spaces.

I have come to the conclusion that I have been wrong in my interpretation of the rules associated with this because I see more and more vehicles being parked in such spaces with passengers or drivers whose demeanor or behaviour demonstrates that they are clearly not disabled.

I was tempted to challenge a group of young and fit persons at Garry Point Park this afternoon, but my better judgment held me back.

Does anyone ever enforce the rules surrounding this issue?

What are the rules? Is the tag displayed in the front window sufficient or does it require a disabled person also?

It would be nice to know.

Joseph Russo


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