A unique collaboration between artists with a disability and the ACROD Parking Program has called out the misuse of disability parking bays across WA.
The National Disability Services’ (NDS) campaign This Bay is Someone’s Day was promoted on social media and 10 ACROD parking bays across WA were painted to draw attention to the online campaign.
The campaign shared short video stories about ACROD permit holders and artists, some with disabilities, promoting the message “This Bay is Someone’s Day: Park Right Day and Night”.
This Bay is Someone’s Day used blue corflute signs to convey their messages and created resources to educate the public.
Currently 20 private carparks have been working to share the message to more people.
Through research the This Bay is Someone’s Day team discovered there are some common reasons for misuse of ACROD bays.
Some common reasons for ACROD bay misuse include picking up children, grabbing a quick coffee or going into the shops for five minutes.
Town of Victoria Park Councillor Claire Anderson and ACROD permit holder said the This Bay is Someone’s Day campaign is vital in showing how important ACROD bays are to permit holders.
Ms Anderson said ACROD bays are necessary for wheelchair users as wider parking bays make parking safer.
Artist Robert Jenkins of The Black Mountains Art designed a mural to be put onto the ACROD bay for This Bay is Someone’s Day’s in Victoria Park.
“It is generally assumed by everyone that non-disabled drivers parking in ACROD bays is a selfish act. However, when talking to a driver with a disability recently, I found out that, selfish or worse, it happens just too often,” Jenkins said.
Harvey local and ACROD permit holder Keira Evans and her son Zane were approached by the Shire of Harvey to collaborate with artist Shannon Lively for an artwork at the Ridley Place Foreshore Park in Australind.
Evans’ son Zane uses a power wheelchair and therefore ACROD bays are essential to his daily life, and being able to park in the community with ease, Evans said.
She added ACROD bays are important for wheelchair users and the This Bay is Someone’s Day campaign was a unique way to share their story with the community.
More than 90,000 West Australians with mobility restrictions have an ACROD bay permit.
This Bay is Some’s Day campaign lead Jos Franciscus, who is an ACROD permit holder and wheelchair user, said this project was important because it showed the diversity of ACROD bay permit holders.
Ms Franciscus said the campaign demonstrated the cultural and language diversity among users and also showed how they mobilise.
In April last year on-the-spot penalties for illegally parking in an ACROD parking bay without a permit in Western Australia were increased from a maximum of $300 to $500. Court imposed penalties have increased from $2000 to $5000.
Following the end of the campaign on March 1, 2021, City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said it’s key that work to reduce ACROD bay misuse continues.
According to the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) local governments can make arrangements with privately owned carparks to monitor ACROD bays.