Did you know that 1 in 7 people in Ontario have some form of disability? As the population ages, it is expected that in the next 20 years this number will rise to 1 in 5 people.
No matter what type of disability, these individuals are eligible to accessible parking spaces. Often they come across situations when an accessible parking space is occupied by someone without an Accessible Parking Permit, or when the access aisle, the striped area beside the parking space, is blocked by an adjacent car.
How you can help
Show that you #RespectTheSpace by being mindful of accessible parking spaces. Here’s how non-permit holders can help:
- Don’t park in an accessible parking space without a valid permit
- Are you in a rush? Even then, don’t park in an accessible parking spot and avoid being fined
- When parking next to an accessible parking spot, avoid parking on the access aisles. Marked with yellow stripes, the access aisles provide additional space for those with disabilities to get in and out of vehicles with ease.
- Drive slow when you are near accessible parking areas and close to building entrances
- Be patient. People who use assisted mobility devices such as wheelchairs, walkers etc. may need more time to get in and out of vehicles.
- Just because you don’t see the disability, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Accessible parking is also used by people with visual and hearing impairments, cognitive disabilities and health conditions that limit their ability to walk far.
- Did you see a car parked there without any permit displayed on the dashboard or windshield? Be a good neighbour and call 311. You can also use PingStreet app’s “Report a Problem” feature to alert the City.
Are you a permit holder?
- Ensure that you display your permit visibly on the dashboard or front windshield
- If you are a family member or friend driving for a permit holder, you can use the accessible spot only when the permit holder is travelling with you
- Do not park in a prohibited parking areas even with a valid Accessible Parking Permit
- Do not park across the access aisles
- Renew your permits in a timely manner. Using an accessible parking spot with an expired permit could lead to a fine.