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Be aware of new disabled parking laws

By Kevin Kelly

Anyone living in and around Bunbury will need to be aware of new parking regulations that came into effect across Western Australia yesterday (1 December).

The state government revealed that fines for parking in disabled bays without a permit would be increased in a bid to curb this illegal behaviour.

Penalties imposed by courts are being increased from $1,000 to $2,000, while on-the-spot fines have risen from between $120 and $140 to $300.

As part of the scheme, the new disability parking permit will be given greater recognition and efforts will be made to ensure it's easier to identify these designated bays.

"Motorists need to be aware that parking in a bay reserved for a disabled permit holder – even if it's for just a couple of minutes – is an offence," noted local government minister Tony Simpson.

"The increase in fines will be a deterrent to those who think that illegal parking is not a serious matter."

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