THIS is the sight that greeted Louise Brown and her mother when they drove into the car park of a Quakers Hill shopping centre on Sunday, August 18.
It was 8.30am and the car park was almost completely empty, so imagine Mrs Brown's surprise when she and her mother saw a car with a boat hooked up behind it parked across five disabled parking spaces.
The P-plate driver was in the shopping centre, but soon emerged, outraged, when Mrs Brown started taking pictures of the car with her phone. She says the driver was yelling at her before another passerby intervened, after which he drove away.
"I went to look for a security guard but couldn't find one at the centre," she said.
A spokeswoman at Quakers Hill police said officers had seen the photos and that 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 1300 884 899 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.
The Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) in 2009 estimated 4 million people in Australia reported a disability.