Leave accessible parking for people who need it, drivers warned

Edmonton drivers are being warned not to park in stalls designated for disabled people
Zachary Weeks says it can be hard to find accessible parking spots in Edmonton that are free of snow in the winter time. (CBC News )

Edmonton drivers are being warned not to park in stalls designated for disabled people.

“I know it's going to be busy for the next month, but use the parking that's set aside for you,” Mayor Don Iveson said Monday while proclaiming Accessible Parking Awareness Week.

“Don’t intrude on the parking that's set aside for those with reduced mobility.”

The accessible parking issue resonates with Zachary Weeks, an advocate for people with disabilities who uses a motorized wheelchair to get around.

Winter is a challenging time to find parking -- snow on the streets makes it difficult to find an accessible spot.

“Not only do you have to find the stall,” he said. “You’ve got to make sure you can get out.”

Weeks also doesn’t buy the usual excuses he hears from people who take accessible parking spots.

“You hear the saying: I'm only going in for five minutes.  Well five minutes is too long,” he said.

People caught in accessible parking stalls face a $250 fine and the cost to tow and impound their vehicle.

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