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Introductiondisabled parking bay

Wheelchair Parking Bays & Disks are for persons who use wheelchairs and drive themselves or who are transported in a vehicle. These Wheelchair Parking Bays are set aside for wheelchair users & Persons With Disabilities. They are not only close to the entrance, but are also wider than the average parking bay, they are traditionally 3500mm wide to cater for a wheelchair user who needs the extra space to enter or exit the vehicle. This extra space helps these transfers to be done safely for the wheelchair user & helps prevent the vehicle in the parking space near by from getting damaged. Persons who use these parking bays need to apply for a Wheelchair Parking Permit, also known as a "Disabled Parking Permit", "Handicapped Permit", "Disabled Placard" or "Disabled Badge", which is displayed on the vehicle upon parking it in one one of these bays.

Who Can Use These Parking Bays?

According to Section 137 of the Road Traffic Act 29 of 1989, Municipalities provide for special parking spaces for people with prescribed disabilities or persons who transport them. These parking spaces can be identified by a vertical sign showing the international symbol for disability, which is also clearly painted on the road surface. The permit allows exemption from street-parking charges in some places and is used to park within dedicated disabled parking spaces reserved for people who have satisfied requirements to receive the placard. If you have a disabled parking disc, you need to display the disc clearly in your windscreen.

The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA), is adamant that if you don’t use a wheelchair, then don’t use the wheelchair parking facilities. The extra space helps : disabled parking sign

  • a wheelchair user to transfer into their wheelchair from their car.
  • The helper of a person who uses a wheelchair, to park the wheelchair next to the car so that they can lift the person from the car and place them into the wheelchair.
  • The helper of a person who uses a wheelchair, to offload a person from a kombi in a wheelchair down ramps or with a wheelchair lift.

Currently a parking disc will be issued for up to five years, after which the applicant must re-apply. These badges are standardized to facilitate recognition and to avoid difficulties at local level. Since 2000, all general disabled parking permits have a common style and blue colour, leading to the officially-used designation “Blue Badge”. Temporary discs are also issued for short-term disabilities (three to nine months), but the same process has to be followed.

If you are a visitor to South Africa & have an international disabled parking permit, this would be acceptable to use for a period up to a month, but if a visitor is staying for more than a month, they should apply for a temporary disabled parking permit.

How do you apply?

There are a number of Organizations that you can apply to, to register and receive a disabled parking disc, these include the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) and an APD in your province. Each province has different procedures with regards to the application for parking permits for persons with disabilities, but if you apply for your parking disk from Organizations such as QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA), the disc can be used throughout South Africa.

NCPDBelow are listed the procedures that you need to follow to register a Parking Disk with The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) or QASA. If you wish to register your Disabled Parking Disc in your province and it is not listed below, we recommend that you contact your local Association for Physically Disabled (APD) for the procedures in your area.

The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities

The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) can also supply information and assist with registering and applying for a Disabled Parking Disk to be able to park in Disabled Parking space. Contact us for more information on: Tel: +27 11 452 2774 or Email: edwina@ncpd.org.za 

QASA

The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) is a non-profit organisation (NPO 000-881) of Quadriplegics and Paraplegics living in South Africa. QASA’s mission is to be an effective “co-ordinating, policy-making and supporting organisation striving to prevent spinal cord injury and to improve the lives of quadriplegics and paraplegics by securing resources to advocate, educate, capacitate, support and mobilise.”

QASA runs a number of Projects and Services and also provides Parking Disks to persons who use wheelchairs, so that they can easily transfer in and out of their vehicle at shopping centres etc. by using the extra space that the wheelchair parking bays provide. You can apply to, to register and receive a disabled parking disc from QASA, if you are using a wheelchair on a temporary or permanentQuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) bases. You will be required to fill out an application form, which will also need to be completed by your doctor confirming that your mobility is severely impaired by an ongoing physical condition, or that your mobility is temporarily but severely impaired. You will need to download the form on the link below and print it out, once it has been completed by yourself and your Doctor, you will need to e-mail it back to the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) on the following e-mail address: info@qasa.co.za

Once they have received your form they will consider your application and be in contact with you, once your application has been approved. Click the link below to download the form: QASA Parking Permit Application Form 2019 If you need to contact QASA, you can contact them on the following details: PO Box 2368 Pinetown 3600, 17 Hamilton Crescent, Gillitts 3610, Tel: 031 7670352 / 7670348, Fax: 031 7670584, Email: info@qasa.co.za, www.qasa.co.za

 QASA also provide Universal Design & Access services, read the article below to find out more about these Services that they provide, or visit our Organizations - QASA Page to find out more about QASA & the other Projects & Services that they provide. You can also contact them through their website at www.qasa.co.za or read the article below to find out about Accessible Features & the other companies in South Africa that can assist you.

Western Capedisabled parking permit

If you have a disability, you can apply for a disabled parking disc from your local municipality. This disc allows you to park in disability parking bays and in certain circumstances, it exempts you from parking provisions.

To qualify for a disabled parking disc in this province, you need to have a letter from your doctor confirming that your mobility is severely impaired by an ongoing mental or physical condition, or that your mobility is temporarily but severely impaired.

Some municipalities require the doctor to complete a section of the form, so the form needs to be collected beforehand. The Western Cape Government’s suggests that you contact your local traffic department to confirm whether you require a doctor’s letter or a form, click the link to download the form: QASA Western Cape Parking Permit Application Form.

Please Note: The disabled parking disc issued by any local authority may not automatically be recognised by any other local authority. Click Local Authorities, to view contact details of other municipalities in the Western Cape.

KwaZulu-Natal

In Kwazulu-Natal, the issuing of parking discs for persons with disabilities is regulated by the "The Quadraplegic Association KZN."

Drivers need to apply for an official disabled parking disc.A detailed application process  has been developed by the The Quadraplegic Association KZN.

The application procedure for an accessible parking disc is as follows:

  • All the relevant documents must be completed in full by the applicant, as well as his or her medical practitioner.
  • The application should be accompanied by a medical certificate from a registered health professional or an occupational therapist, or physio or medical doctor.
  • The applicant must then send the completed documents back to the The Quadraplegic Association KZN, with a certified copy of the applicant’s ID document.
  • The disc is registered in the applicant’s name and can be used with any vehicle.
  • Once the form has been filled in you can email it to them at: qan@mweb.co.za you can also phone them on: 031 701 7444 or 082 875 2131.

Gauteng

In Gauteng, the issuing parking discs for persons with disabilities is regulated by the Gauteng Provincial Association for Persons with Disabilities (GPAPD).

Drivers need to apply for an official disabled parking disc. A detailed application process has been developed by the GPAPD. The application procedure for an accessible parking disc is as follows:

  • Download the application form: GPAPD Application Form or contact your local Gauteng Provincial Association for Persons with Disabilities (GPAPD) to request the application forms. http://www.gpapd.org/index.php/gauteng-provincial-association-for-persons-with-disabilities-contact-us
  • All the relevant documents must be completed in full by the applicant, as well as his or her medical practitioner.
  • The application should be accompanied by a medical certificate from a registered health professional or an occupational therapist, or physio or medical doctor.
  • The applicant must then send the completed documents back to the GPAPD, with a certified copy of the applicant’s ID document.
  • The disc is registered in the applicant’s name and can be used with any vehicle.

Once the above is completed an application is lodged with GPAPD, which requires the applicant to appear before a screening panel, who then pursue the final application on behalf of the applicant, with the relevant authorities.

Address: Pallinghurst Road, Gauteng, Westcliff South Africa, Tel No: (011) 8383012  Fax No: 116465248  or 011 425 4025 or Leslie 0724 108 282.

Other Provinces

As mentioned above, if your province is not listed above, we recommend that you contact your local Association for Physically Disabled (APD) for the procedures in your area.

Abuse of wheelchair or disabled parking bays

The misuse of disabled parking permits has been identified as a major problem worldwide. It is not only a South AfricanWheelchair Parking WhatsApp Group phenomenon. Due to the escalating number of complaints from disabled motorists about their demarcated bays being used by unaccredited drivers, The QuadPara Association of SA (Qasa) has established a WhatsApp whistle-blowing facility for the public to share information on transgressions. Estimates indicate the majority of these disks are used or obtained fraudulently. The convenience of the location, often being close to the entrance areas, is the main reason why they are abused.

Abuse most often occurs with non-disabled drivers using the vehicle, plate or placard of another person who is disabled. This often occurs with family members of disabled people.

Qasa chief executive Ari Seirlis said “The specialised parking bays are designated for wheelchair users. The bays are 3500mm in width, which is designed to accommodate a wheelchair on either side of a vehicle for the purposes of exiting or entry. Bays are positioned in specific areas not only for location but to accommodate the specified width requirements.” He said Qasa did not accept excuses from people with other health challenges using their bays because they were conveniently located. “The bays are not there to save people from walking distances. They are there for wheelchair users."

A whistle blowing facility has been established by QASA to allow the general public to inform QASA when these facilities, which are so important to the rights and freedom of wheelchair users, are abused.

“If you see someone misusing a wheelchair demarcated parking bay, please take a photo which shows the vehicle registration and wheelchair parking sign clearly. WhatsApp it to 0738539675 including the location, date and time and QASA will kindly sensitize the offender."

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It is important to note that the Disabled Parking Badge does park in a loading zone but does give you other benefits.

“The placards/license plates also do not allow for parking in the loading/unloading areas of a handicap space that is already occupied by another vehicle. These areas are designated by blue crosshatch striping. This is where we see the most violations by subjects with handicap placards/license plates.”

Click on the link to find out more: Know the law regarding handicap parking privileges

The South African National Standard for Building Regulations

"Wheelchair Parking." is one of the many "Accessible Features" that the government has introduced along with certain regulations that state, how many of these "Wheelchair Parking Bays" must be available & the size of the "Wheelchair Parking Bays"

The National Building Regulations state that where there is parking available for more than 50 motor vehicles, there must  be parking facilities that accommodate disabled persons. There is also an obligation to ensure that persons with disabilities are provided with a suitable means of access from the parking area to the ground floor – or storey – of the building.

Unfortunately many buildings and businesses in South Africa still do not have adequate Disabled Parking Bays to accommodate wheelchair users. The owners of these buildings and businesses may therefore be challenged by the need to find suitable equipment, specialists and renovators familiar with accessible design issues in order to advise them and make there Parking areas accessible to persons with disabilities, especially those in wheelchairs. There are various Organizations and Companies that can assist with Universal Design and Access to make sure that persons with disabilities are not excluded from any events, services, information, communication, products and venues. 

Organizations & Companies That Can Assist With Universal Design & Access

There are now various Organizations and Companies that specialize in Universal Design and Access and can advise you on how to adapt these Accessible Routes to make sure that persons with disabilities have equal rights and no loss of dignity. The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA), Bradshaw LeRoux Consulting and Tri Access specialize in Universal Design and Access to make sure that persons with disabilities are not excluded from any events, services, information, communication, products and venues. These Organizations and Companies can assist in different ways including:NCPD Logo

The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD): believe that this can be prevented by applying Universal Design Principals during the design phase and they therefor offer the following services to assist:

  • Workshops for architects, developers and other building professionals to develop an understanding of universal design and access.
  • Facilitating access audits for new or existing buildings; echo e-access for the natural and communication environment. Audits are followed by a report indicating shortfalls and recommendations.
  • Marketing of facilities that are accessible to persons with disabilities

Contact Fanie Swanepoel or Danie Marais for more information on Tel: +27 11 452 2774 or email them on: fanies@ncpd.org.za or danie@ncpd.org.za

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The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA): (QASA) is a non-profit organisation (NPO 000-881) of Quadriplegics and Paraplegics living in South Africa. QASA’s mission is to be an effective “co-ordinating, policy-making and supporting organisation striving to prevent spinal cord injury and to improve the lives of quadriplegics and paraplegics by securing resources to advocate, educate, capacitate, support and mobilise.”QuadPara Association of South Africa

QASA runs a number of Projects and Services and can assist with various issues relating to Universal Design & Access. The National Access Authority (NAA) provides a policing and advisory service for access issues and deals with access complaints and transgressions of the National Building Regulations. By promoting an accessible environment and taking to task, abuse of human rights, this project has ensured more accessible environments and promoted the concept of Universal design.

QASA is sustained by strategic relationships with corporates, social enterprise, the National Lottery Commission and a number of campaigns & events. Some of QASA’s projects generate revenue which services the essential non-revenue generating projects. Click on the link below to find out more about the Universal Design & Access services that they provide, or visit our Organizations - QASA Page to find out more about QASA & the other Projects & Services that they provide. You can also contact them through their website at www.qasa.co.za or read the article below to find out about Accessible Features & the other companies in South Africa that can assist you.

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Tri Access: Tri Access Consultants was founded in 2018 by Igor Rix who, from of a personal encounter, developed a passion for breaking down the barriers to access. This is enabled by providing assessments and audits on legal accessibility compliance pertaining to premises and the built environment and promoting "Good Access is Good Business".
Igor Rix, is an Access Consultant and has studied a Diploma course in Access Consultancy at the Access Institute in Melbourne, Australia and also completed a course in Universal Design: Public Transportation via the Buffalo University, New York.

 “Accessibility is a basic human need and we all have a constitutional right and privilege to participate in all of life’s experiences in some unique way or another and should therefore have barrier free access to enjoy easier, friendlier and healthier environments.” - Igor G. RixTri Access Flyer

Contact Tri Access for an access audit or review to ensure that your premises are accessible to all. Access Audits involves inspecting the built environment to determine compliance with legislation to enable access that is easier, friendlier & healthier to use by everyone. Our Access Consultants conducts audits & provides solutions when businesses & individuals take a proactive step to become legally compliant or being compelled by law and or society to be compliant.

You can contact Igor Rix on: +2783 703 0707, Email: igor@triaccess.co.za or visit their web site: www.triaccess.co.za

These Organizations and Companies listed above which specialize in Universal Design and Access will follow those standards set by "The National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act" to make sure that persons with disabilities are not excluded from any events, services, information, communication, products and venues due to lack of Accessible Parking Bays.

Parking Bay Regulations

There are a number of other Disabled Parking Bay Regulations, to view all the Disabled Parking Bay Regulations, see below:

4.3.1 For employee parking, at least one parking space shall be accessible for persons with disabilities.

4.3.2 In addition to the requirement of 4.3.1, where provision has been made within a building, or on the site on which such building is erected, for the parking of more than 50 motor vehicles,

  1. At least one parking space per 25 parking spaces (or part thereof) and at least 20 % of the parking spaces at rehabilitation and medical facilities shall be provided for parking of vehicles used by persons with disabilities.
  2. The parking spaces provided for vehicles used by persons with disabilities shall be of a suitable length, shall be at least of the dimensions shown in figure 2, and shall be situated on and accessed from a surface that is not steeper than 1:50.
  3. Any parking space provided for vehicles used by persons with disabilities shall be located within 50 m of an accessible entrance.
  4. Any parking space provided for vehicles used by persons with disabilities shall be clearly demarcated as being intended for the use of persons with disabilities only;
  5. Entry and routing to any parking space designated for persons with disabilities shall be provided with a clear height of at least 2,4 m and shall allow for the entry of vehicles suitable for use by wheelchair users, particularly those that have a hoist to carry the wheelchair on top of the car.

4.3.3 Parking spaces shall be identified by a vertical sign incorporating the international symbol for access by persons with disabilities, in accordance with 4.2. The international symbol shall also be clearly painted on the road surface (see figure 2) and it shall be 1 000 mm × 1 000 mm.

NOTE: Road signs for persons with disabilities should be provided in accordance with the latest edition of The Southern African Development Community Road Traffic Signs Manual (SADC RTSM) published by the Department of Transport.

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