If you’re a person with a disability, accessible parking spaces can be pretty useful. They ensure that you have room to maneuver any accessibility devices like a wheelchair while also cutting down on how far you need to walk to a storefront. However, these spaces are only useful when they’re available. When people without disabilities abuse these helpful parking spaces, people with disabilities suffer. In fact, as many as one in four cars parked in disabled spaces should not be there. What if there was a way to immediately report this misuse while ensuring that some of the fine went to charity? With a new app called Parking Mobility, this is now a reality.
Parking Mobility is a free app that can be downloaded from the Apple iTunes store. Once you have the application on your phone or other mobile device, you’re ready to go. The next time you see a car parked in an accessible parking space without a disabled ID certificate, you now have the power to report the violation. Users need to take three pictures of the offending car in order to establish the validity of the violation. The information will then be sent to city authorities so that the report can be filed.
How is this app different than simply calling the police to report the violation? Parking Mobility allows its users to direct a portion of the fine toward disability charities of their choice. The company works with local authorities to ask that some of the fine (typically 20%) goes to charities that support people with disabilities. This makes sure that something positive can come from the app, besides the obvious effect of discouraging the abuse of disabled parking spaces. While people with disabilities may be more aware of these parking violations, anyone can download the app and make note of misuse of disabled parking spaces–all for a great cause.