SENATOR Bathmavathi Krishnan welcomes the idea to have priority parking bays for a wider scope of disabled as well as those with temporary physical disability.
“Mall owners and the local authorities can classify the priority parking which caters to the blind, deaf, speech impaired, temporary disability such as a broken leg, and pregnant women in their third trimester.
“The disabled should display a copy of their disabled card at their vehicle dashboard for the security guards to see.
“Instead of having so many different categories, provide more priority parking and include more people.
“The idea is to provide a safer inclusive society. However public must practise honesty.
“There should be good enforcement in place even for the existing OKU parking bays,” said Bathmavathi.
Petaling Jaya city councillor Sia Siew Chin, who is wheelchair bound, said she would raise the idea to the council.
“The physically disabled cannot rely on the normal parking bays because it is extremely dangerous.
“Other motorists may also not see them while they wheel towards the entrance of a building.
“However, I understand the needs of the others and we can further discuss this idea of priority parking,” said Sia.
Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) communications officer Hasbullah Juyahir said the OKU stickers were given for free to those with physical disability, learning disability, nerve related disability such as cerebral palsy or more than one of the mentioned disability and registered with the state Welfare Department.
“They could also park for free at all MBPJ council parking bays,” he said.
In MBPJ 126 disabled applied for the council’s OKU parking stickers last year and 94 disabled applied for the stickers this year.
The Shah Alam City Council corporate communications head Shahrin Ahmad said the council imposed similar criteria and benefits as the MBPJ for the application of the OKU sticker.
The Subang Jaya Municipal Council charges RM3 per year for the stickers but the parking was free for those with the sticker at all council managed parking bays, said its Corporate and Strategic Management Department deputy director Azfarizal Abdul Rashid.
“We give priority to the physically disabled to park at the OKU parking bays.
“However, all those with the OKU card issued by the state welfare department could apply for the stickers,” he said.
He added the council received about 450 application on a yearly basis for the OKU parking stickers.
Both Kuala Lumpur City Hall and Putrajaya Corporation do not provide OKU stickers.
They, however, required that buildings and new developments allocate parking bays for the disabled.