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Friday is Accessible Parking Awareness Day

November 24, 2015 -

This Friday has been named Accessible Parking Awareness Day by the City of Kingston and the municipal accessibility advisory committee – to help make sure accessible parking spaces remain open for those who need them most. 

"We know that people are beginning their holiday shopping now and some might be tempted to illegally use an accessible parking space. This day has been designated to remind people of the reasons we have accessible parking and of the penalties for using it illegally," says Julie Salter-Keane, manager, community projects.

The fine for parking in a designated accessible parking space without a permit is $300. Last year, the City issued 293 tickets to people illegally parked in accessible parking spaces.

Designated accessible parking spaces are for the more than 7,170 people in Kingston who have a visible or invisible physical disability – and active accessible parking permits issued by the province. People with permanent disabilities must renew these permits every five years.  These people may or may not have mobility devices. They have disabilities that result in them not being able to navigate long distances without difficulty, pain and/or putting their health and safety at risk.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality - - ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future. 

Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information contact Richelle Morgan at 613-546-4291, ext. 1229 or the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.