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Name and Shame: WhatsApp number set up to whistle-blow on parking offenders

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A WhatsApp number has been set up to name and shame parking offenders using disabled parking bays in public parking areas across the country.

 

A whistle-blowing facility, with a direct WhatsApp line, has been established by the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) to allow the general public to inform QASA when these facilities, which are so important to the rights and freedom of wheelchair users, are abused.

Ari Seirlis, CEO of QASA, said their organisation is of the opinion that wheelchair parking facilities are for people using wheelchairs only.

“This parking is there to cater for the needs of wheelchair users only. QASA is quite adamant about the fact that these facilities should be used by wheelchair users and shopping centres should ensure there is adequate signage in this regard.

“For shopping centres we recommend they use the clamping system. As soon as they know their vehicle can be clamped and they will have to pay a fine, then offenders normally think twice before they leave their vehicle there,” he added.

Seirlis said that if one sees someone misusing a wheelchair demarcated parking bay they must take a photo and send it to their new whistle-blowing WhatsApp line (073 853 9675).

“Ensure the vehicle registration is clear and the wheelchair parking sign is visible.

“WhatsApp it to 073 853 9675, including the location, date and time and QASA will sensitise the offender.”

The dedicated WhatsApp number will allow QASA to deal with offenders accordingly and report them to the local authorities to deal with. A fine for parking in a Disabled parking space, without the correct accreditation, could be up to R1000.


Sources: QASA
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6 Comments

  1. Jurgens Nel

    September 2, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    The APD allows people using 2 crutches, a walker or a wheelchair to park on these parkings.

    • Anthony Breakey

      September 7, 2018 at 10:35 am

      And people with end stage heart failure. Do your research thoroughly otherwise you end up sounding stupid.

    • Anthony Breakey

      September 7, 2018 at 10:41 am

      You need to be very careful about starting a witch hunt,as I don’t believe this group has done its homework diligently.Those disabled bays which I used to use legally before my heart transplant are not only for wheelchairs. They are also among others used for people like myself who suffered from end stage heart failure for many years until I thankfully had a heart transplant earlier this year and which I no longer need nor am entitled to park there. Instead of starting a group as misguided as this one, rather start a group that enables people to register as Organ Donors, that way I would not have waited for a heart transplant for nearly 4 years, using disabled parking for those years,more importantly you could save 100’s of people from dying prematurely!

  2. Bennie de Bruyn

    September 6, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Not all people who are disabled are in wheelchairs or walk with help I was in motorcycle accident and after 2 years I can manage to walk again with dificulty as I can not walk long distanses due to my one leg are shorter than the other and I need to open my vehicle door to maximum to get in or out due to damages to my knees and legs I have a legal permit optain from traffic department to park on those spots but as life are there are allways other people with those unlegal boards witch they bought who think they have the right to stop in these parkings and are allowed to do so by shopping malls gaurds.

  3. Anthony Breakey

    September 7, 2018 at 10:33 am

    You need to be very careful about starting a witch hunt,as I don’t believe this group has done its homework diligently.Those disabled bays which I used to use legally before my heart transplant are not only for wheelchairs. They are also among others used for people like myself who suffered from end stage heart failure for many years until I thankfully had a heart transplant earlier this year and which I no longer need nor am entitled to park there. Instead of starting a group as misguided as this one, rather start a group that enables people to register as Organ Donors, that way I would not have waited for a heart transplant for nearly 4 years, using disabled parking for those years,more importantly you could save 100’s of people from dying prematurely!

  4. Annie

    September 7, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    If you are driving with a disabled person, but you’re not disabled yourself, drop the disabled person at the door or nearest entrance, go and find a regular parking and walk back to the Winpy or whatever. I’ve had both my hips and knees replaced and I can’t tell you how often I have to walk quite far because all the disabled parking at Sunninghill Hospital has been taken up. There are NO disabled parking bays at Fourways Mall and generally hust too few bays allocated.

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