KUWAIT CITY, Dec 8, (Agencies): Director General of Public Authority for the Disabled Affairs Dr Shafiqa Al-Awadhi revealed about an agreement reached with Ministry of Interior to apply a new law against those who wrongly use the parking spots designated for the disabled people, indicating that this law is due to come in effect from January 2017, reports Al-Seyassah daily.
In a press statement she issued following her meeting with the Assistant Undersecretary for Traffic Affairs Major General Fahad Al- Shuwei, Dr Al-Awadhi said the ministry has affirmed the need for launching an awareness campaign targeting vehicle users from next Sunday prior to activating the law.
Dr Al-Awadhi explained that the awareness campaign will be aimed at informing the public about the need to respect the parking spots allocated for the disabled, and the legal repercussions to be borne by those who violate the law.
She urged people with disabilities to renew their disability cards, adhere to the new cards provided by the authority, and keep track of its validity in order to avoid any inconveniences or clashes with the law enforcers.
Dr Al-Awadhi said discussions are underway to link the database of the disabled people with that of the ministry in order to facilitate the identification of those with disabilities and special needs. She revealed about an ongoing study to install surveillance cameras at the parking spots allocated for the disabled people with the aim of deterring those without disabilities from parking their vehicles there and for issuing citations against those who commit this violation.
Al-Awadhi indicated that authority is considering the possibility of providing the ministry with the list of people with mental disabilities so that they are not issued with driving licenses. She also revealed about a plan to possibly exempt disabled people from paying fees of Ministry of Interior as per Article 37 of the disability law. It is worth mentioning that the penalty against those who wrongly park their vehicles in parking spots allocated for the disabled will be one-month imprisonment and/or fine of KD 100, as per the decision to come in effect from January 2017.