£100,000 of fines racked up in Aberdeen over misuse of disabled parking bays

The Disabled Persons' Parking Places (Scotland) Act 2009 aimed to make all disabled parking bays under local council control legally enforceable

A local authority has made more than £100,000 from drivers flouting disabled parking rules over the past five years.

More than 3,000 people were landed with penalty notices from Aberdeen City Council for misusing both on and off-street disabled parking spaces across the city since 2013, with 767 being issued last year alone.

The number of parking spaces for people with mobility issues has also gone up, from 726 five years ago to 20,166 at the end of 2017.

Dame Anne Begg, the former Aberdeen South MP and the first permanent wheelchair user in parliament since 1880, said the figures don’t show the full extent of the problem. Dame Anne said: “The council is clearly enforcing the law to a certain extent, but I do get the sense from a lot of disabled people that I speak to that perhaps the council could do a bit more.

“And of course, there’s the unfortunate situation in supermarkets and private car parks where the council can’t issue a ticket – they are often places where you see the worst abuses of the system.”

Source: https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/100000-of-fines-racked-up-in-city-over-misuse-of-disabled-parking-bays/

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