Park in a disabled spot and you'll lose a point from licence
FROM Monday, people who park in disabled spaces without a permit will risk more than a fine and an earful from a cranky community member - they'll risk losing a point off their licence as well.
NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay has announced the new rules would apply to any disabled parking space, whether on a public road or a carpark, and would mean offending drivers would lose a point from their licence even if they weren't fined.
He is also encouraging people to dob in people who wrongly use disabled parking spaces by phoning 1300 884 899.
"I have made it very clear I'm outraged by able bodied people who steal disabled car parks just to make their life easier," Mr Gay is quoted saying in a statement.
"These people selfishly deny vulnerable members of our community close access to buildings and sufficient room to get in and out of their vehicles - they are low lifes, simple.
"Clearly, hitting their back pocket doesn't stop this behaviour so I'll hit them where it really hurts, their licence.\
"From Monday, anyone caught parking in a disabled car park without holding a valid mobility parking sticker will not only get a $519.00 fine - the highest fine for this offence in the country, they'll also receive a demerit point penalty.
"Wherever disabled parking offences are currently enforced, whether on a public road or in a car park, the demerit point will apply.
"Drivers who think about parking illegally in disabled car parks need to know the demerit point penalty can contribute towards licence suspension and also make drivers ineligible for discounted driver's licence renewal fees and reduced insurance premiums.
"The demerit point will hopefully help people use their moral compass and think twice before choosing to park their vehicles illegally in a disabled car park."