Police issued more than 1,400 fines for illegal parking during the past week to drivers who were found on spots reserved for the disabled, and on sidewalks.
During a campaign aiming to sensitise drivers on the impact of their carelessness to the disabled, police issued 1,471 fines; 310 concerned parking on spots reserved for the disabled, 333 for parking on sidewalks and 317 for parking on a double yellow line.
“People with disabilities live among us and must be fully respected, as well as facilitated by all of us,” the police said in a statement.
The campaign, they said, was aimed at sensitising drivers and combat the phenomenon of parking vehicles in spots reserved for the disabled, but also parking vehicles in such a way that they were an obstacle in general to other road users.
“During the campaign, particular emphasis was placed on the offence of illegal parking, which becomes more intense in urban centres and poses serious problems in particular to the movement of people with disabilities,” the police said.
Drivers ought to realise that the parking spaces for people with disabilities are meant to be used exclusively by those they are reserved for and not anyone else, they added.