Photos of a car parking in a disabled spot have split opinion online, with many defending the permit holder while others slam them.
The photos were uploaded in the Facebook group, Australian Disability Parking Wall of Shame, a group dedicated to calling out people in Disabled Parking Bays (DPB) without a valid permit, according to the page.
However, the driver in question on this post, had a permit clearly displayed.
The car was parked outside shops in the Sydney suburb of Telopea, where there is rear-to-curb angled parking.
The car in the photo, clearly did not park between the lines, and the front of the car partially blocked the access area.
The access area, where the yellow lines can be seen, are generally used to allow for more space next to disabled parking spaces, to allow permit holders to get in and out of their vehicles with walkers and wheelchairs.
“We, as Permit Holders/Carers are to lead by example to draw a positive result from our Social Environments and their Audiences,” said Catherine, who shared the photos on Facebook.
She said she never saw the driver, but did see an elderly passenger in the front seat.
“This one act of not parking properly within the lines may have affected others who also use or rely on that ramp,” Catherine, told Yahoo News.
“I understand that the unknown driver 'may' have even an invisible disability, but this isn't the right thing to do, especially in peak trading.”
While some were quick to express their dismay, other Facebook users spoke in defence of the driver and shared their own experiences, some pointing out the driver may have parked this way to give a disabled person more room to get out.
“Entitled and ignorant,” one Facebook user wrote. “Bet the excuse would be ‘Only here a minute’.”
“Disregarding angled parking is just ignorant, not sure I agree with entitled though,” another Facebook user said in response.
“My local shops have the same parking, rear to kerb, which I’ve struggled with previously, resulting in me hitting the car next to the DPB, while attempting to park in peak hour,” he said.
“Since then I only park in those spots when I have the spot next to me free,” he finished.
“Rear to curb rules shouldn’t apply to disability permit spaces, because they can block you from using the access area,” one woman said.
“I’m inclined to give someone parking in a disability spot with a permit a pass,” said another group member.
“It could very well be about accessibility.
“They may need more room than the park is allowing them and they may need a particular side to be closer to where the curb has wheeled access.”
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