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LETTER: Reader calls for crackdown on misuse of disabled parking spots, permits

'People do not seem to realize that the permit to use reserved parking is for the individual, not any driver of the vehicle,' says Barrie resident
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I am disabled and have problems walking and thus reserved parking spaces for the disabled are a godsend.  

Problem is that from my observations 40 per cent of them are occupied by non-afflicted people.

I even saw a girl/woman run across the road and drive off in a car which had been parked in a reserved for the disabled space.

Several times I have waited until a space comes free only to see a highly mobile person free-up space. 

I did approach the city, but got the usual official disinterest. People do not seem to realize that the permit to use reserved parking is for the individual, not any driver of the vehicle. 

I would like to see the city, or whoever, crack down on this, or even announce that they will be imposing fines for transgressions. 

I would also like the shopping centres to put up notices. 

I offered to take photos and submit to the "authorities," but this was rejected.

This is now becoming part of Barrie's make-up as we progress as a 'world-class city'.

Barrie Robinson
Barrie

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