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Illegal parking demerit threat

ABLE-bodied "lowlifes" who park in disabled car parks could soon see demerit points slashed from their licence if NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay has anything to do with it.

The fed-up minister said it was time people were held accountable for inconveniencing those most vulnerable and took to the Roads and Maritime Service with the suggestion to introduce loss of demerit points for those caught illegally parking in disabled spots.

A Grafton resident, who preferred not to be named, said her husband had dementia, along with other health problems that severely reduced his mobility so they had an Australian Disability Parking Permit.

"I do see people taking disabled car parks," she said.

"I was at Coles and saw someone get in their car. They were parked in a disabled spot and drove off.

"I couldn't see a permit and they certainly weren't disabled."

She said she thought Mr Gay's suggestion of adding the loss of demerit points to the fine would be a good

deterrent.

"Its greed, they just take the first spot they find and they don't think of the person who does have a disability," she said.

"I don't say I go around looking for people parking in the wrong spot, but you do notice it.

"We keep ours on the windscreen so people can see it. However, I never ever take a disabled parking spot unless I have my husband."

Mr Gay said it was people like her and her husband that were left inconvenienced when able-bodied motorists did the wrong thing.

"Able bodied people who steal disabled car parks from people who genuinely need them are lowlifes, plain and simple," Mr Gay said.

"Just because you can afford to pay a fine doesn't give you the right to disadvantage the needs of disabled people in our community.

"I have utmost sympathy for the people who are disadvantaged by this sick behaviour."

Other Clarence Valley motorists turned to The Daily Examiner's Facebook page to offer their thoughts.

"My brother has a disabled parking sticker and he can never find a disabled parking space," Kathleen Hull said.

"It is wrong that able bodied people do this - it is the soul reason and states clearly what these parking spaces are. Harsher penalties. YES."

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