(CMR) The Blue Spot and the local police are partnering to ensure compliance with handicap parking spots.
The following was announced on The Blue Spot Facebook page:
The Blue Spot and RCIPS are working together and asking for the assistance of our Blue Spotters. Starting Monday morning (Feb 5th) there will be 2 patrol cars dedicated to responding to 911 calls reporting handicap parking abuse.
We need you to not only take pictures, but call 911. They want us to call, as they realize their engagement is necessary.
Please call 911 and report all handicap parking abuse, it is quick and easy. You don’t have to give your name, or details if you do not want to.
Spread the word!
The Blue Spot was an initiative created in 2013 by Kent McTaggart and Chelsea Rivers to help keep handicap spots free for those who truly need them. During this time it has created significant awareness of this cause and many are of the opinion that it has always made a huge difference. Many spots are now left open for those who need them but continual enforcement appears to be needed.
His social media page was created to help stamp out the inconsiderate and illegal activity of perfectly able-bodied people who choose to park in The Blue Spot by taking photos of the vehicles and passing them along to the police as well as publicly shaming them by posting the pictures on social media.
Disabled parking spaces are designed and reserved for persons who have legitimately obtained parking tags or licence plates as a result of physical incapacity or other condition that limits their mobility.
The page instructs people to:
Please download the flyer and place on the windshields of offenders. Then take a picture (be sure to include their licence plate and the blue parking block, road paint or disabled parking sign). You can post your pictures on this page or email to me at [email protected]. The page can also be contacted via email [email protected]. Like their Facebook page here.
The Traffic Law, 2011 §119.5(b): “A person who parks a vehicle in a disabled parking space when he is not entitled to do so commits an offence.”
A “disabled person” is defined in the law as: ‘a person who has a relevant disability'.