$380k in disabled parking fines for Wollongong drivers

Christine Okinowski from the council’s Access Reference Group with Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery at Stuart Park. Picture: Wollongong City Council.

Christine Okinowski from the council’s Access Reference Group with Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery at Stuart Park. Picture: Wollongong City Council.

Drivers in Wollongong were fined more than $380,000 in 2016 for misusing accessible parking spaces.

Wollongong City Council said 716 fines – for parking without a permit or misusing a permit – were issued last year, prompting a reminder that the spaces are reserved for those with a current permit.

There are 9,000 drivers who hold a Mobility Parking Scheme permit, while about 2,000 drivers’ permits were revoked in the last year.

Highlighting the four new accessible parking spaces at Stuart Park, Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said rangers were working across the city to stop people misusing the spaces.

“It’s essential that we respect these spaces and we encourage only those permit holders to use them,” he said. “I am also encouraging any person who holds a revoked permit or [one] that is no longer required to hand it in.”

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