Accessible parking notice

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It’s one of the biggest gripes of people with access needs – drivers who park in accessible (or mobility) parking spaces when they don’t need to.

It’s tempting to get mad, challenge them or report them, but now you can just give them a different way to think, which may stop them doing it again.

We’ve designed a funny but thought-provoking notice that you can leave on the car windscreen or even politely hand to someone. It reads:

Recent research shows that non-disabled people who park in accessible parking spaces are five times more likely to become disabled themselves than those who don’t.

But don’t worry, apart from non-disabled people parking in accessible parking spaces, being disabled isn’t as bad as you’d think.

They are available in two sizes:

Large: A5
210 x 148 mm 8.3 x 5.8 in
2 per page

access-parking-large.pdf (1.1 MB)

Small: A6
148 x 105 mm
5.8 x 4.1 in
4 per page

access-parking-small.pdf (239 KB)

Simply download the size you want, print, cut and keep a stash in your bag or car.

Spread the word and let us know if you use them by leaving a comment below!

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7 thoughts on “Accessible parking notice

  1. Go Philip – irony sure beats anger and self righteousness. I have had such fun with this notice – and so have the people who have watched me plant it on windscreens. And just maybe some behaviour has changed and some people have evolved and some people will never do such a stupid, arrogant thing again. And if they haven’t – I’m watching them – fully armed with more notices, with a great big grin on my face. Because it’s fun to put this notice on windscreens – and activism with fun is a very attractive combo!

  2. Thanks for your explanation, but I think your reasoning is rather convoluted. If you are trying to get into the minds of the idiots who do use disabled parking spaces, they will think “why are you making a fuss if it isn’t that bad”? I had a run-in with two such quite recently. They simply could not understand why they shouldn’t park there “Where else do you expect us to park? All the other parks are full”. I said -” you have legs, you can park further away”- They went into the Library and asked at the desk, most indignantly, because they thought I was in the wrong for chiding them.

    Happy to engage further if you want more explanation of my reasoning.

    • Leith, I appreciate your reasoning. I don’t think I’m “making a fuss” about being disabled. I’m “making a fuss” about people unnecessarily parking in accessible places, but in a fun way, as Lesley says above. I think you may be taking the message a little too literally and missing the irony (the expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect).

  3. This is kind of weird! I don’t see it as clever or light-hearted at all. And saying “don’t worry, being disabled isn’t as bad as you’d think”… so why are you making such a fuss about a non-disabled person parking in a disabled space? This is poorly thought out. I bet the person who did it is not disabled themselves. Was this run past disabled people for their approval? If I were a person who needed to use one of these spaces I’d be livid at this notice.

    • Hi Leith, thanks for your comment.

      Sorry you don’t agree with with the notice. For the record, I designed it and I use a wheelchair. It wasn’t run by other disabled people for their approval because it is not something they HAVE to use – they can choose to as they please.

      The notice is designed as a light hearted, humourous and ironic way to remind people who DON’T need accessible parking that people with permits DO legitimately need them. The statement, “don’t worry, being disabled isn’t as bad as you’d think,” needs to be read in the context of, “apart from non-disabled people parking in disabled spaces…” It is reminding non-disabled people that being disabled is part of the natural diversity of being human, but parking in an accessible parking space when you don’t need one potentially makes being disabled unnecessarily more difficult.

      I hope this makes it clearer.

      Cheers

      Philip Patston
      Creator and Administrator of ithinkdifferently.me

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