The FREE Access Aware app is now live in Christchurch and Wellington!
The Access Aware app was developed in partnership with ThunderMaps and is a world first initiative set to revolutionise the reporting and enforcement of mobility parking abuse.
Access Aware has now been successfully trialled in Wellington and Christchurch, with the help of those city councils. It is designed to allow the reporting of mobility parking abuse in real time to enforcement officers so they can monitor the use and respond to abuse of their parks. You can also use the app to see the locations of known mobility park locations on a map in real time to help you find a park when you need it.
The rest of New Zealand
If you are anywhere in New Zealand outside Christchurch and Wellington, you can still download the Access Aware app and help build a more accessible Aotearoa by mapping any mobility parks in your area. You can also report mobility parking abuse although not yet actionable, as the information collected will be used to inform conversations with Local and National Government. The full ability to report mobility parking abuse will be available to you when the app is launched New Zealand wide, later this year. It is hoped that Auckland Councils will be on board too, by the end of next month.
New Zealand is a progressive, first-world country, and we should do better.
Research completed in December 2016 by CCS Disability Action indicates 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. We believe the current situation has to change. By downloading and using the Access Aware app on your smartphone you can make a real difference to the disabled community by actively creating social change.
Put them in their place. Stop Mobility Parking abuse.
Access Aware has the potential to be very useful for all disabled people, their families, and whānau. We plan to significantly improve everyday access issues that prevent many people from fully participating in their communities. It’s free. It’s easy to use and it could help change the accessibility landscape in New Zealand.
We invite you to download the app from Google Play or Apple store by searching for 'Access Aware'. There is a dedicated Helpline for questions and technical issues on 0508 227 322, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch. This will be available between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday – Friday.
So help build a more accessible Aotearoa. Download Access Aware today!
CCS Disability Action’s Access Aware is FREE and intended for the benefit of all Mobility Parking Permit users. Beware of imitations!