An elderly driver who requires a walking frame to get around was left fuming over a motorist’s ‘selfish’ act at a shopping centre car park.
John Laine, 71, had parked his car in the spot reserved for those with a disability in the carpark at Campbelltown Mall, in Sydney‘s south-west.
He was given a huge shock after he returned to the parking lot a short time later.
The 71-year-old came back to find another car parked between his vehicle and another car in the adjoining disabled space.
An elderly driver was fuming after a car was parked in between his vehicle and another car that occupied disability parking spaces (pictured) in a local shopping centre
Mr Laine shared photos to Instagram of the ‘idiotic’ act that showed a white 2008 Daewoo Gentra X parked over the dividing line between the two spaces.
The parking is designated for drivers with a disability and considerably larger than regular spaces used by other drivers.
Mr Laine slammed the brazen act and said he was left frustrated by the move which left him with little room to get into his car.
‘When I came back the other two cars were there and what annoyed me was the fact that the first white car next to me was actually on the dividing line between those two parking bays,’ he told Yahoo.
‘What an idiot.’
‘I actually use a walking frame to walk but there was no space, I struggled to get into my car.’
In a shocking twist, the vehicle did have a disability parking permit that was displayed which Mr Laine said infuriated him even further.
The elderly motorist claims he informed Campbelltown Council and police over the matter who said it was an issue to be sorted out by the shopping centre.
Daily Mail Australia contacted Campbelltown Mall for comment.
Mr Laine blasted authorities for failing to prevent drivers from taking up the extra space in between disabled parking bays.
He said disabled parking spaces need to be protected from being misused to ensure people with disabilities are not inconvenienced.
The vehicle did have a disabled parking permit (pictured) which was displayed which infuriated Mr Laine even further
Disability activist and award winning safety speaker James Wood said it is common for motorists to take up the space in between disability parking spaces.
Mr Wood said he once waited three hours for another driver to come out of a shopping centre to move their car after they parked their vehicle in between two disabled parking spots.
The NSW Road Rules Act 2014 states a person with a disability is the only one allowed to park in a disabled parking spot.
They must hold and display a valid disability parking permit for people with disabilities.
Motorists cannot park in a disabled parking space if they do not have a valid disabled parking permit.
Anyone who parks illegally in a disabled parking space faces an on-the-spot fine of $581 and one demerit point.
They could also face fines of up to $2,200 if they choose to contest the penalty in local court.