New handicap parking outside ACB causes confusion

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A decision by a Taxi operator to use the newly painted disabled parking outside the Antigua Commercial Bank (ACB) as the loading point for tourists, has angered his colleagues.

The signs were painted over the weekend but when the taxi drivers saw one of their own using it they thought the authorities had reserved the space for him.

“How he get a sign allotted he? Me want a sign allotted to me too cause me have to go down early ah morning,” a female driver cried.

The ACB said the sign was installed by the police for use by its customers, and the taxi man was using it illegally to load passengers.

For years, the disability movement has been pleading for more disability parking spaces in St. John’s.

The group’s president Bernard Warner has appealed to motorist to respect the specialized parking areas.

The new parking allocations for vehicles has also angered some motorist who already find it hard to park in the city.

“While I am in support of disabled parking spaces, I was shocked to learn that the already limited parking in St. John’s has been cut back even more.”

“I am hoping that more parking lots will open up in lower St. John’s especially on days where there are cruise ships in port,” one motorist said.

Lawmen have said it is an offence to park in disabled spaces and called on those guilty to immediately desist from the practice.

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