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 Mobility Parking Scheme in the ACT

Australian Disability Parking Scheme

Mobility Disability Parking Permit

Mobility parking permit categories in the ACT

Applications

Eligibility

Parking Concessions

More information

 

Mobility Parking Scheme in the ACT

Designated parking spaces are provided for people with mobility disabilities.  These spaces are usually adjacent to shops and offices to allow mobility parking permit holders to park close to their destination.  The designated parking spaces are easily identified, displaying the international symbol of access and the wider than normal bay size provides extra room around the vehicle for wheelchair and walking aid access.

To ensure that spaces are available to people that need them most, the ACT Road Transport Authority (the RTA) issues mobility parking permits to eligible people residing in the ACT.  Parking Operations and the police enforce the use of mobility parking spaces within ACT Government and some privately owned parking areas to ensure that parking is available for mobility parking permit holders.

Australian Disability Parking Scheme

In 2008, the Australian Government in conjunction with State and Territory Governments undertook a process to increase harmonisation of disability parking schemes across Australia.

The outcome of this process was the development of the Australian Disability Parking Scheme that includes a consistent permit design to replace over 100 different permit designs across Australia.

Mobility Disability Parking Permit

From November 2010, the Australian disability parking permit is issued in the ACT to eligible people with a mobility disability and to organisations that provide transport for people who meet the eligibility criteria. 

Within the ACT a mobility disability parking permit consists of the ACT mobility parking permit (with the permit number and expiry date displayed) inserted into the clear plastic pocket of the Australian disability parking permit.  Both permits need to be displayed together as a single permit, with the permit number and expiry date clearly visible from outside the vehicle.

The RTA is the administering authority for the new Australian disability parking permit within the ACT.  This includes the application and renewal processes.

The Australian disability parking permit is recognised Australia wide.  However, when travelling interstate permit holders should check local arrangements for parking concessions as they may vary.

Click here to view an example of an ACT issued Australian Disability Parking Permit

Mobility parking permit categories in the ACT

There are three categories of mobility parking permits available in the ACT:

  • Temporary permits require certification from a medical practitioner and automatically expire after the set period, which can be 3, 6 or 12 months;
  • Long term permits are issued if a condition may change and require medical certification every 3 years; and
  • Permanent permits are issued where the person’s condition is permanent, and only require an initial medical certification.

Applications

To apply for an Australian disability parking permit within the ACT, the applicant must be an ACT resident.  Applicants and their doctor must complete the mobility parking permit application form which can be downloaded below.

To download the application form select the following link:

Australian Disability Parking Permit application

Eligibility

To be eligible for a mobility parking permit in the ACT a person must:

  • Be unable to walk and/or have pain or difficulty in walking 100 metres;
  • Require the use of crutches, a walking frame, callipers, a scooter, a wheelchair or other mobility aid; or
  • Be blind.

Organisations are eligible for mobility parking permits if they provide transport for people who meet the eligibility criteria.

Parking Concessions

Under the new national minimum parking concession standards of the Australian Disability Parking Scheme, mobility parking permit holders will continue to receive the existing parking concessions within the ACT.  However, when travelling interstate, permit holders should check local parking concession arrangements as they may vary.

Within the ACT, a mobility parking permit allows a person to park in the special wide bays reserved for mobility parking permit holders.  Some of these spaces have a time limit which must be observed by the mobility parking permit holder.  

Mobility parking permit holders can also park free of charge at meters and in ticket parking areas:

  • For up to 2 hours, if the time limit on the parking sign is 30 minutes or less; and
  • For an unlimited time, if the time limit on the parking sign is more than 30 minutes.

The same extended time limits apply to other ACT Government car parks and on-street parking spaces that are free, but time restricted.  For example:

  • If the time limit on the parking sign is 15 minutes, a permit holder can park for 2 hours; and
  • If the time limit on the parking sign is 1 hour, a permit holder can park for an unlimited time.

Please note that some privately operated carparks may charge parking fees.

More information

Australian Disability Parking Permit Information Sheet

You may wish to visit the Australian Government's website at www.disabilityparking.gov.au

Click here to view the Off-street parking for people with mobility disabilities fact sheet.

 




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