New app targets misuse of mobility parks

A world-first app has been launched in Christchurch, which allows people to report drivers misusing mobility parking spaces.

CCS Disability Action says Access Aware connects people directly with Christchurch City Council’s Parking Enforcement Teams, in real time.

It also allows users to view the locations of known mobility park locations so they can find a park when they need it, and help map new ones.

CCS Disability Action says it will prove life-changing for people with access issues.

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Access Aware was downloaded by more than 100 people within its first day of release, and people outside Christchurch are also using it to map mobility parks across New Zealand.

“We are delighted to see the high level of interest in the app. Our research shows that levels of parking abuse have not improved in ten years, with abuse rates still unacceptably high, despite increases in fines and attempts to grow awareness of the problem,” says CCS Disability Action Chief Executive David Matthews.

“Using a mobility parking space without a permit even ‘for just a minute’ can block a disabled person’s opportunity to live life freely. It’s fantastic to be able to contribute to creating a more accessible New Zealand in this way.”

Anyone who wants to take part in the pilot can download the free app on Google Play or from the Apple store. The pilot will run until 30 November 2017.

CCS Disability Action will roll out the technology across the country next year.