Forty fined for parking in disabled spaces

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has issued $100 fines to more than three-dozen people during the past two weeks for illegally parking in disabled spaces.

The 40 people were fined between 4 July and 18 July after a local group known as The Blue Spot Campaign started taking photos of vehicles that were parking in spaces reserved for disabled drivers and posting them on a website.

The police service, while working in partnership with the Blue Spot group, said its officers have also discovered several disabled individuals who have not applied for a parking permit from 
the Department of 
Vehicle and Driver’s Licensing.

The disabled parking tag costs $5 and can last a maximum of five years. Those who have short-term disabilities can apply for temporary permits.

“The Blue Spot Campaign has highlighted that many people who have disabilities don’t have permits,” said RCIPS Inspector Adrian Barnett. “So, if you have a disability, and you need to access the disabled bays, 
then please make it a priority to get your permit.

The last thing we want to do is issue a ticket to someone who is genuinely disabled and needs access to the bays.”

Inspector Barnett also encourages business owners who have provided disabled parking spots at their premises to ensure that they are clearly marked and painted.