The disability parking debate

Disability parking debate

An alarming number of people believe the term “disability” only refers to someone who uses a wheelchair. The fact is that 9 out of 10 disabilities are invisible. Brain injuries, congestive heart failure, lung disease, MS, neurological disorders, lupus, and arthritis are all just a few disabilities that can be invisible to an outsider.

Thus, there is an ongoing challenge for people living with these “invisible” disabilities. They don’t have a physical wheelchair or mobility device so parking vigilantes assume they are “rorting” the system, especially when it comes to accessible parking.

Smartphone parking bollard TMS-APL3 and TMS-APL4 installed in disabled parking

We all know it is illegal to utilize disabled parking without a visibly displayed disabled parking permit. Unfortunately, sometimes these “do-gooders” misread a situation. Just because they cannot visually see a physical disability, they may shame people of cheating the system, when in fact the person parking is perfectly entitled to use an accessible parking space.

Shockingly, and sadly it often ends up with some sort of unpleasant abuse – verbal, nasty notes left on windscreens, filthy looks, or physical damage to vehicles.


It is impossible to know at a glance whether or not someone requires a disability parking permit. Once someone has an Australian Disability Parking Permit, they can park in parking spaces showing the international symbol of access, and can receive concessions in most public parking spaces where the sign or meter shows specific time limits. Parents and carers of people with a disability can also use an accessible parking spot if they are transporting, dropping off, or picking up a person who has a permit themselves.

The challenge faced by many organizations is those individuals with a sense of entitlement who feel they can park in clearly labeled and signed disabled parking spaces, without genuine disabilities. The Australian Disability Parking Scheme (ADPS) was designed to help people with genuine mobility disabilities.

All types of our products have been purchased over time to secure disabled parking spaces, albeit in a residential, commercial, industrial or retail environment.

Our collapsible steel bollards are regularly installed in car parks.

Our automatic and smartphone parking locks are also very popular as the individual does not need to leave their vehicle to access their disabled spot as this can be controlled by remote control or their phone app.

Manual folding parking bollards TMS-MPL1 and TMS-MPL2 installed indoors installed in disabled parking bays

At we have helped thousands of Australians to protect disabled parking spots with Manual, Automatic and Smartphone parking locks, parking barriers and parking bollards. is a proudly 100% Australian-owned family business. We are based in Sydney and deliver Australia-wide.

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