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Call to stop misuse of disabled parking spots

Too many people park in disabled spaces illegally

Limassol municipality has been called upon to deal with non entitled people using disability permits to park in plumb parking spots, Limassol mayor Andreas Christou said yesterday.

Head of the Cyprus Paraplegics Association Demetris Lambrianides asked both police and the municipality to crack down on people forging disability stickers, saying that “this is a very serious problem”.

Limassol has a major problem with people parking in disabled spots, Christou said, adding that the municipality will be very strict with those breaking the law.

Christou said the problem with people parking in disability parking spots is more evident near shopping malls and supermarkets.

“We will be very strict with people who break the law regarding parking in a handicapped spot. These people are irresponsible and they will be reported and fined,” promised Christou, adding that the municipality will launch an ad campaign on the subject in October.

Christou added that there were cases reported where people abused their right at a handicapped spot by letting their relatives and friends use their pass. Lambrianides urged its members to uphold the law they want other people to abide with.

“We have rights but we also have responsibilities. We can’t ask the state to impose a law we ourselves don’t respect. Disability parking permits are exclusively for disabled people and not to be given to friends and relatives. That’s unacceptable,” he said.

“We will show no tolerance when it comes to people who illegally park in parking spots reserved for people with disabilities,” Limassol police spokesperson Michalis Katsounotos said.

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