|Review of the Mobility Parking Scheme|
28 May 2012
Stakeholders can provide input to the review by:
What is likely to change?
The Discussion Paper raises a number of issues around the scheme’s eligibility, concessions for time limited parking, record-keeping requirements for holders of organisational permits and changes to the penalties for permit misuse. More information on each of these issues is below.
Since 2008 the State and Commonwealth Governments have been working to harmonise the disability parking schemes. For NSW, adopting the national eligibility criteria would mean:
Adopting the nationally agreed minimum parking concessions would mean reducing the current time concessions available to permit holders. For example, the current concessions for time limited parking enable a permit holder unlimited parking in spots where the limit is more than 30-minutes. The Australian scheme allows permit holders to park for twice the period indicated on the sign in spots where the limit is more than 1 hour.
Organisations are currently advised but not required to keep log books recording their use of the permit at all times. The discussion paper asks whether the current arrangement is appropriate (Question 14). Record-keeping may become increasingly important if the enforcement mechanisms are to be strengthened.
Enforcement of the current scheme poses a number of challenges, and there is considerable anecdotal evidence that some people are misusing the scheme, making it is less effective for those people the scheme is designed to help. The Discussion Paper asks for input on:
The Discussion Paper also asks for input on other potential changes tincluding the introduction of multiple permits for carers (Question 23), an online application process (Question 24), and a two-tiered parking scheme (Questions 25 and 26).
For more information on the review, or to discuss an issue you think NCOSS should raise in our response, please contact: