City reminds drivers to not use handicapped parking stalls without permit

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The City of Fort St. John is reminding drivers that, as the Holiday shopping rush picks up, the appropriate decal must be displayed to park in designated handicapped parking spaces at shopping centres and around town.

According to the Mayor’s Accessibility Advisory Council, December is a particularly challenging time for people with disabilities.

“Designated spots are created for a reason, they enable those with disabilities to safely enjoy aspects of life that others take for granted,” stated Mayor Lori Ackerman. “Please be attentive and don’t take these designated spots, even if it’s only for a few minutes.”

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Even if there is snow on the ground and the blue line on the curb or the handicapped symbol on the parking space is not visible, the City reminds drivers that there are always traffic signs that people can watch for to avoid parking in a handicapped parking space.

Drivers who park in a designated handicapped parking space without the decal can face a Bylaw fine of $50.

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