ACTION TAKEN: Paul Daly, Alan Carter and Mark Morrison from the Western Downs Access Committee are tired of seeing people without permits occupying disabled parking spots.
ACTION TAKEN: Paul Daly, Alan Carter and Mark Morrison from the Western Downs Access Committee are tired of seeing people without permits occupying disabled parking spots. Elouise Quinlivan

Dalby drivers given the message on disability parking

THE Western Downs Access Committee is sick of seeing people parking illegally in disability parks throughout Dalby and is taking action to stop the practice.

The group leaves notices on windscreens of cars parked in the spaces and are frustrated that, after fighting to get the spaces, they are being taken up.

President Alan Carter said when he had approached people illegally parking, he had been threatened on occasions.

"Some people get very aggro...I've been threatened to have my life shortened," he said.

"We've been seeing people do it for years. We started putting a notice on people's cars when we see it."

Mr Carter said parking in the main street and around Dalby Shopping world was a hotspot for drivers.

"Because they are close to the door, they will park there … they don't give a hoot about someone who really needs it," he said.

"(The spaces) are there for people that can't go the extra block."

Mr Carter said he was sick of seeing it happen every week in Dalby, but was grateful to have the support of the council and traffic inspector.

"People do get fines for it," he said.

The Western Downs Access Committee plans to remain vigilant and vocal to educate drivers about the importance of leaving those spaces free.

They also advocate for easier access into buildings for people who use wheelchairs.

"It's not just people with a disability, the elderly need help as well," Mr Carter said.


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