For Parking Users
If you have a mobility parking permit, there are some responsibilities and rules you need to follow.
Displaying your permit
Your permit must be clearly displayed on the inside of the vehicle windscreen, or on the dashboard while you are parked.
If you do not have your card with you, or it is not clearly visible in the windscreen, you cannot use a mobility parking space, or make use of the concessions. You could be liable for a fine of $150.
Ensuring your permit is valid
If you have a long-term permit you will need to ensure it is renewed every 5 years. If you are using an out-of-date permit (even if you didn't realise it had expired), you will be liable for a $150 parking fine. We will send you a reminder if we have your current address, but it is your responsibility to ensure you renew your permit.
Your permit can only be used by you
Mobility parking permits are issued to a person, not a vehicle. The permit should only be used if the permit holder needs to get in or out of a vehicle.
If the permit holder is going to stay in the car, the vehicle must be parked in a standard parking space.
A permit cannot be loaned to anyone, even if the person is running an errand for the permit holder.
Permits can be cancelled if they are misused.
What can I use it for?
A permit allows you to park in mobility parking spaces and enjoy concessions in standard parking spaces. There are a range of concessions in each region so it is important to find out the rules in your local area.
What are the parking concessions?
Check the rules for mobility parking near you because concessions vary from region to region. We have outlined below the types of concessions that might be available. Please note that you need to display your permit to take advantage of these concessions - otherwise you could receive a $150 parking fine.
Pay and display
When you park in a metered park, or in a pay and display zone, and display your mobility parking permit, you can pay for one hour and get an additional 30 minutes (minimum) free. This is a concession that acknowledges that people with mobility issues can take longer to get back to their vehicle.
Extended free parking
In time-restricted zones, where free parking is allowed for set times (e.g. P30, P120), some councils provide longer free parking for people displaying valid mobility parking permits. Check the rules for mobility parking near you.
Please note: A mobility parking permit does not entitle you to free parking. Other than where it is specified by concessions, normal parking fees apply.
Use your concessions where possible
Mobility parking spaces are wider than standard parking spaces to allow people to get in and out of a vehicle with wheelchairs or mobility aids. So if you don't need a wider space, why not just use your parking concessions instead. This will free up a precious space for someone that needs the extra width.
What can't you do as a permit holder?
Your permit does not allow you to break the parking rules, or park illegally. It doesn't allow you to stop, stand or park:
• on clearways
• in bus lanes
• on broken yellow lines
• on bus stops
• on taxi stands
• on goods loading zones
• on no stopping zones
• all day parking on metered spaces or restricted zones
• anywhere else where stopping or parking is not permitted, this includes double parking.
For Parking Providers
As a parking provider it is important that you are familiar with parking.
Mobility parking spaces help people with disabilities take part in normal everyday activities.
People who are eligible for mobility parking permits need parking spaces that are close to where they need to go e.g. banks and supermarkets. People who use wheelchairs and mobility aids also need more space to get in and out of their vehicle safely.
If you are providing a mobility parking space it is important that signage and marking comply with the New Zealand standard NZS 4121.
Guidelines on specifications for mobility parking spaces are available from the New Zealand Roadmarkers Federation.
Signage and Marking
Mobility parking spaces are painted with the International Symbol of Access on the surface of the parking space.
The yellow marking shown in the photo are the minimum requirements for mobility parks.
Blue mobility parking spaces
In addition to the minimum requirements, CCS Disability Action also encourages parking providers to paint mobility parking spaces blue. This makes them more visible and our research shows that abuse of mobility parking spaces is reduced by as much as 13% when the parks are painted blue.
Enforcement and rules
Your obligations as a parking provider
The Accessible Car Parking Spaces booklet contains all you need to know about accessible car parking, including the specifications for parking spaces and the number of mobility parking spaces required.
Monitoring mobility parking spaces
If you own a private car park where the public are invited to park, e.g. supermarkets or hospitals, you are responsible for ensuring the signing and marking of mobility parking spaces. You are also responsible for monitoring and enforcement of the proper use of mobility parks. You will need to deal with any complaints about people who abuse the parking spaces.
Why is this important?
If your mobility parking spaces are being used by non-disabled people then you are making it more difficult for disabled people to access your premises.
New Zealand Standards and Compliance
The Accessible Car Parking Spaces booklet contains all you need to know about accessible car parking, including the specifications for parking spaces and the number of mobility parking spaces required. This includes:
• Information about the New Zealand Building Code compliance document D1 Access Routes
• An outline of the requirements under Section 5 of the New Zealand standard NZS 4121 (available for purchase from Standards New Zealand website).