A P-plate driver towing a boat parked across five disabled spaces at Quakers Hill shopping centre on Sunday, August 18.
A police spokeswoman said a resident showed them a photo taken with her iPhone and said she would be a witness to the incident which occurred at around 8.30am.
Louise Brown was taking her 85-year-old mother to the centre when she found all the disabled parking spots taken up by the car and boat.
‘‘I went to look for a security guard but couldn’t find one at the centre,’’ she said.
‘‘When I called Blacktown police a day later an officer said they could not do anything.’’
A spokeswoman at Quakers Hill police said the fine for parking in a disabled car parking space was $506.
AbilityOptions acting chief executive officer Stephen Goode said they received many similar complaints from their clients.
‘‘ Unfortunately, this happens all the time,’’ he said.
‘‘Individuals who don’t have disabilities will always have an excuse as to why they parked in a spot that is dedicated to those with mobility issues.
‘‘For many of our clients this can be a very distressing time if they are unable to locate a disabled parking spot.
‘‘ They are also faced with additional issues, such as having to walk further to get to the location they were going, or they may need to cross major roads.’’
A Roads and Maritime Services spokeswoman said the public could report abuse of the NSW disability parking scheme for people with a disability by phoning 1300884899 or emailing Customer_Service_Centre@rta.nsw.gov.au.
To be eligible for an MPS permit, you must be unable to walk due to the permanent or temporary loss of use of one or both legs or other permanent medical or physical condition.
●Blacktown City has a total of 12,588 disability parking spaces.
●11,982 are for individuals, 277 for organisations and 329 temporary spaces.
The Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) in 2009 estimated four million people in Australia reported a disability (18.5 per cent).