Tell them to 'Bugger Off' and revoke the unfair parking fine for a disabled man.
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Mr Ben Williams was injured in a car accident at the age 13 months, some 49 years ago, leaving him a paraplegic. He has been residing in the Monash Council for over 20 years, was fined for parking in a disabled car park over four years ago, claiming no disabled permit was displayed.
After repeated attempts to resolve the issue, the Victorian Police who issued the fine, have refused to accept copies of his disabled permit, which they claimed was not displayed. He has had a Disabled Permit from the Monash Council since the time he arrived in Mulgrave to study at Swinburne University almost 25 years ago. Mr Williams Car Licence has a condition of ‘must have hand controls’, which the Department of Justice has also refused to take into consideration, which Mr Williams has also explained to them despite the fact that the hand controls are visible through the windscreen.
Ben was to headed to court this week but after 'The Age' contacted the Police for a comment on an article they were writing, they quickly changed their tune. Ben also appeared on 'The Project' on Friday night. The court date has now been adjourned to 28th July, while they investigate the issue again.
To compound Mr Williams plight, 2 years ago he snapped his bicep getting into his car. Years of pushing his wheelchair around has taken its toll on his shoulder. While the initial pain has gone, he has lost a lot of strength in his arm and the muscle will not heal without surgery, taking him out of action for 3 months. His doctor’s advice was to get a new vehicle where he can drive from his wheelchair, taking a bit of strain of his shoulders.
Since then, Mr Williams has done a lot of research into what vehicles are available and the costs.
The best option he has come across is a Volkswagen Transport from Capital Special Vehicles in Dandenong. They completely modify the van to his needs. This vehicle has a lot of safety features, which others fail to deliver, however they come with a cost – the van all up would cost over $150,000.
Mr Williams has set up a GoFundMe page to assist with the cost.
Tell Mr Andrews this behavour is unacceptable and they need to be more in touch with the community instead of wanting to feed their coffers.
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