A Designated Accessible Parking Bay (DAPB), is required to provide access to either the driver or passenger to load and unload mobility aids from a wide range of vehicle sizes, without putting users at risk of being injured by passing traffic.
The following are only a few of the key areas which may present some access issues.
- Availability of a DAPB
- Visible and legible signage / displaying the Access Sign
- Marking / dimensions / layout / location
- Surface of DAPB / Accessible Path of Travel (CAPT)
- Abuse / unauthorised parking without a permit
- Kerb-ramp / access to CAPT or entrance
If you believe that you have been discriminated against through Non Compliant Parking, please feel free to fill out and submit our Disability Discrimination Complaint (DDC) Form, which we will review, then take to the relevant authororities.
You can also read the information below to find out more about Accessible Parking Bays and the organizations that you can contact to apply for registered Parking Signs, as well as the companies and organisations that provide Universal Design & Access services in South Africa.
Accessible Parking Disks
There are a number of Organizations that you can apply to, to register and receive an Accessible 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.
Click on the link below to see 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, we recommend that you contact your local Association for Physically Disabled (APD) for the procedures in your area.
Organizations & Companies That Can Assist With Universal Design & Access
Despite these regulations listed above, 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 their Parking areas accessible to persons with disabilities, especially those in wheelchairs.
There are now various Organizations and Companies that specialize in Universal Design and Access and can advise you on how to adapt these Parking Bays to make sure that persons with disabilities have equal rights and access to businesses and shopping centres.
Click on the link below to find out more about these Organizations and Companies and how they can assist you.