There is a clearly marked handicapped sign in George Town which is being respected by all we law-abiding citizens of Cayman Islands. But there is one lawyer who challenges this handicapped parking and parks as and when he desires. Is there anything that can be done to make the lawyer accountable to the law as well? If nothing is done by anyone, the lawyer gets this precious VIP privilege at the expense of the truly needy people who should be cared for.
Auntie’s answer: People who read this column regularly will no doubt know that I have zero patience for able-bodied drivers who park in spots designated for those who are disabled.
I have gotten into many arguments with people using these spots who think that if they are just waiting for someone or delivering something, or even stopping to eat in their vehicle (I am not making that up) it is OK to park there. And it is definitely not.
It seems you have come upon one of these selfish drivers. The law is on your side here, specifically The Traffic Law, 2011. Section 119(5)(b) says a person who “parks a vehicle in a disabled parking space when he is not entitled to do so…commits an offence”. Further, the Traffic Ticket Regulations, 2012, in referencing the previous section, set out a $100 fine for “Contravening a provision relating to the use of a disabled person’s badge.” And you can help with that.
In fact, I devoted a previous column to the ways you can deal with these miscreants (see Acting against drivers who abuse handicapped spots), some of which bears repeating. Chelsea Rivers, the indefatigable advocate for the rights of disabled people and founder of The Blue Spot Facebook page, has discussed the issue with the RCIPS. She was told if a car is parked illegally in a disabled spot you can call the police to come ticket them.
You can also download a flyer from The Blue Spot that you can place on the windscreen to announce to the world the driver has parked illegally. Plus, if you take a photo of the offending (offensive?) car it can be posted on The Blue Spot.
Let’s hope some public shaming will do the trick and the lawyer in question will start obeying the law.
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