Accessible Parking

Accessible Parking

  Accessible Parking for Persons with Disability

It has once again come to the Association of Persons with Disability (APD) in Limpopo that non-disabled persons, (including disabled persons without permits) are parking their motor vehicles in parking bays reserved for persons with disability that holds valid permits to do so.

Each time that a non-disabled person parks in a parking bay reserved for persons with disability a barrier is created that prevents, that person from freely participating in commerce; and the question may be asked if that non-disabled person would like to have a disability of which the full consequences is often beyond the mobility impairment.

All that people with disability insist on is a barrier free society, based on equal opportunity in which people with disability will live their lives to the fullest.

We therefore urge all non-disabled persons to refrain from using parking bays reserved for persons with disability. Similarly we urge all persons with disability (including those persons who is temporally disabled) to obtain the necessary permit that will entitle them to park in parking bays reserved for persons with disability.

Did you know?

Each time that a non-disabled person parks in a parking bay reserved for persons with disability a barrier is created that prevents, that person from freely participating in society.

Are you aware that:

  •  Parking bays reserved for persons with disability are wider than normal parking bays to accommodate a person to the transfer from the motor vehicle to a wheelchair.
  • Parking is provided near to the entrances of a building to minimise fatigue to persons with severe mobility impairment.
  • Persons with disability pay a fee to obtain and renew their parking permits.
  • Permits iddued by APD, Limpopo is valid across Limppopo.
  • You can get a fine up to R 500.00 and/or be towed away.

Who qualifies?

  • Wheelchair users.
  • People using walking frames.
  • People who use 2 crutches.
  • Must be older than 3 years

Application procedures:

  • Screening pannelmeeting is held once a month. Pannel consist of a Traffic Officer, Social Woker and Medical professional.
  • New applications cost R 100.00, renewals R 50.00.
  • Permits are renewed every 2 years.
  • Applications must be accompanied by the correct fee,two recent ID photos and medical report if reqested.

For more information on how to obtain parking permits, kindly contact Mrs. Maria Stone.

2                     Accessible Transport

There is need for rapid progress in developing a public transport system that is flexible and accessible.  Without this people with disabilities will continue to remain largely ‘invisible’ and unable to contribute to, or benefit from, the services and commercial activities available to most of their fellow citizens. 

Given the fact that the ability to use services, or attend school or work, is largely dependent on the ability of people to get there, the lack of accessible  transport is a serious barrier to the full integration into society of persons with disabilities. 

Transport services for persons with disabilities are currently largely restricted to those who are either associated with a social service agency (i.e. predominantly in the metropolitan areas), or those who are able and can afford to drive modified private vehicles or employ the services of a chauffeur. 

Accessible transport as a human right implies a departure from the traditional medical/welfare model of providing trips primarily for medical purposes.  People with disabilities should be able to travel, regardless of the purpose of the journey. 

The objective is to develop an accessible, affordable multi-modal public transport system that will meet the needs of the largest numbers of people at the lowest cost, while at the same time planning for those higher cost features which are essential to disabled people with greater mobility needs. 

Component of the transport system include:

  • Road transport (Minibus taxis, bus services and dial-a-ride services)
  • Railway services
  • Air travel 

Different disability groups have different public transport needs.  There are also differences in the needs of people living in rural and urban areas.  It is therefore essential that processes to develop accessible commuter systems include participation by all stakeholders