A Paralympic champion has revealed his shock at being fined for parking in a disabled spot, despite not having any legs.
Liam Malone, a Kiwi Paralympic sprinter, shared his surprise on Twitter, after being given a parking ticket in Auckland by a parking inspector who could clearly see he had artificial legs.
I was given a parking ticket for parking in a disabled car park the other day despite warden seeing I had artificial legs. WHAT MORE DO THEY WANT https://t.co/0o6OPCWu6y
— Liam Malone (@LiamMalone93) July 9, 2018
“I was given a parking ticket for parking in a disabled car park the other day despite (the) warden seeing I had artificial legs. WHAT MORE DO THEY WANT,” he tweeted.
The 24-year-old has since revealed he was joking in the tweet, and accepted that his car didn’t have the necessary permits to park in the disabled spot, as many observers noted on his social media post.
Having artificial legs does not mean you qualify 4 a mobility card. By its very definition mobility cards r issued 2 people who have mobility issues and need to park as close as possible to their destinations. My Nana is 85 and she still does not qualify bec she can still walk.
— Samuel Leong (@sammyboyfor) July 9, 2018
Hi Liam do you have a disability parking card that your gp authorizes & CCS supply. Those of us who also have disabilities do and we have to pay for them!!!
— AnnetteComp (@CompAnnette) July 9, 2018
Don’t wanna sound like I’m on the parking wardens side but was the ticket for? Not displaying your creds?
— Bee (@brufusmum) July 9, 2018
TBH an athletic level runner, even with artificial legs, may not need an accessible car park. Warden may see disability but not want to assume need for accessible car park
— Waiting for the sea to rise (@JennyKayNZ) July 9, 2018
Liam having your "clip on's" is not the issue!! the issue is not displaying you disabled parking permit and don't worry I've been down the same road!! just comply with the words on the signs where you park and problems solved!!
— Alan (@CripAlan) July 10, 2018
Leave disabled parks for those who need them and have permits.
— tinycurator (@micrcurator) July 9, 2018
The two-times gold medallist told New Zealand news website Stuff that he was happy to pay the fine.
“It’s obviously a joke, I mean yeah I got the ticket, but I’m not obviously upset about it,” Malone said.
”I mean I ran across the road to grab a coffee, I was there for all of five minutes.
“I don’t have a parking disabilities ticket, so all I was doing (with the tweet) was making a joke about the fact that I got one and I don’t have legs, that’s all.
“The parking warden probably saw that I was running across the road. He might have just seen me running across the road and might not have saw that I have no legs. I assume that he did.
“I’m more than willing to pay the parking fine. I don’t need to park in disabled carpark, I just think it’s funny that I got one.”
A notice on the Auckland City Council website explains that having a medical condition or disability doesn’t immediately entitle a person to park in a disabled parking spot.
The site explains that people must first apply for a mobile parking permit at a seperate disability website.
The council explains that a person qualifies for the permit if they: are unable to walk and require a wheelchair; their ability to walk is severely restricted by a medical condition or disability; they require a mobility aid or experience severe pain; or they have a disability that requires close supervision to safely get around.
Malone won two golds and a silver in sprint events at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.