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disability

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Petition to Gord Cebryk

Revoke Automated Parking Enforcement and Make Edmonton More Accessible

The city of Edmonton has announced that they plan on automating the process of parking enforcement for Epark parking zones. Before, the city had people hired to manually enforce their parking, but as of July of this year, it is going to become fully automated, and cameras will check licence plates to determine whether they have paid for parking or not. These cameras are unable to detect handicap placards, and as they put it, "As a result, courtesy parking for placard holders will be discontinued at EPark stalls when the new system is in place."  This is a low blow to those in Edmonton with disabilities, as Edmonton is already very poor for accessibility, and now they are making life for those with disabilities more expensive and more difficult to move around. It is already difficult for many people with disabilities to work full time or even at all, combined with how difficult it can be to get any kind of social help from programs such as Alberta Works or AISH, it is insured to begin taking away free parking for those with disabilities.  Parking in Edmonton is already very expensive to begin with, many places being between $4-$7 for only an hour, this is not an okay thing for the city to do.  One other issue that arises from this is that of enforcement. If these cameras cannot detect placards, what prevents people from simply parking in handicapped spots without a pass? This is a blatant money grab for the city, and some of its most vulnerable people are going to be paying the price for it.  I myself do not have any disabilities, thankfully, but my girlfriend has MS and she has been wheelchair bound for a few months now, we are in the process of applying for a placard right now, and it seems we will be getting it just in time to have to deal with this. It is insulting to those who work hard to support those with disabilities that the city is so ready and willing to take advantage of them for a bit more cash in their pockets.  I am asking you to please consider signing this, I would like the city to revoke their automated parking enforcement and continue to do so manually, this will prevent people from abusing the system and parking in handicap stalls as well as help those with disabilities who cannot afford to pay for parking.  Thank you for your time. 

Jesse Peters
57 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Transport For London, Chris Grayling, Mike Brown, Vernon Everitt

Get TFL to add 'Look Up. Does someone need your seat?' to their announcements. #LookUp

I am disabled with very limited mobility and a chronic pain condition which makes commuting incredibly difficult at the best of times. I have my 'please give me a seat' badge and card which I wear whenever I travel, but it is not enough. I still find myself having to plead with people for a priority seat (or any seat) on tubes and buses. Part of the problem is people do not look up at the stops. Sometimes intentionally, sometimes because they are engrossed in their phone or paper. This petition is to ask TFL and the Minister for Transport to launch a new campaign. A 'Look Up' campaign. TFL have pre-recorded announcements on every bus and tube in the city with upcoming stop information, with mind the gap announcements. I would like TFL to consider introducing an announcement at every stop with the message 'look up, does someone need your seat?'. It is so hard as a disabled traveller. Sometimes I have the strength and gumption to interrupt people and ask them to move but I've been refused several times and it is embarrassing, making each subsequent time I need to ask more and more difficult. I feel I should not have to beg someone to give up a priority seat. And in fact I've given up my own seat when I've seen people in even more need than me when able bodied travellers have ignored them. Having to ask someone to vacate a priority seat is incredibly hard. Not just because of the embarrassment or fear or rejection but because you cannot be sure if the person sitting in it is able to stand or not. It is vital that the onus is on able bodied travellers to look up and offer their seat if it is required.  These announcements will be even more important for those with invisible disabilities who need to rely on their badge to do the talking for them and those who are visually impaired who may need to be told there is a seat free for them. I think the consciousness has to change. We need to try to have it ingrained in the psyche that priority seats are not just a luxury they are a necessity for some travellers. We need 'Look Up' to become as common place and as instinctive as 'Mind the Gap'. We need a poster campaign as wide spread as 'See it, say it, sort it'. Please sign and support this petition. Please encourage TFL to act to help their customers who are less able to stand. 

Corry Shaw
1,919 supporters