Parking Permits for Seniors - What a great idea!

Posted by Stuart Neal on Monday, November 18th, 2019 at 10:12am.

It seems now that I have one, every other vehicle has that familiar handicap sticker hanging from its rear-view mirror stem! And now every handicap parking spot seems to be full. Just kidding; everything is normal. 

What a great idea it is, this recognizing the fact some of us are just not as nimble as we once were, or, perhaps it’s our partner, in that unfortunate state.

It is almost a worldwide offering to handicapped persons. Canada, USA, UK, Europe and Oceania are some of the countries on board. Regulations vary from country to country, but the emblem [shown above] is pretty constant. Penalties also vary. In the UK a £1000.00 [$1700.00] fine can be levied for abusing the usage of the handicap offering. 

Here in Edmonton, Canada the process for obtaining one is quite simple and not overly expensive. Nine dollars at the time of writing, with a small increase expected in the new year. The process requires the completion of an application form with a signature from your doctor. The form comes in ‘temporary’ and ‘permanent’ types. 

A trip to your local registry office will result in the issuance of the form and emblem to either a driver or passenger. And, it is an offence for the driver to use the passenger’s form. The form is a duplicate of the license plate registration form. 

And, so there you go, a ‘piece of cake’, a privilege not to be abused.

Submitted & written by contributor John Tidridge of Edmonton November 2019

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