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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 5 Hansard (31 May) . . Page.. 1374..

As mentioned in response to Question 20, the ACT is working to reduce this risk and is also participating at a national level to determine an appropriate response to large outbreaks.

Disabled persons—car parking

(Question No 1550)

Mr Seselja asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 1 May 2007:

(1) How many disabled drivers (a) are there in the ACT and (b) were in the ACT each year from 2000 to 2006;

(2) What is the projected population of disabled drivers in the ACT for the next five years;

(3) How many current parking passes are on issue to disabled drivers;

(4) What was the total number of parking passes on issue to disabled drivers each year from 2000 to 2006;

(5) What provision for disabled parking has been made in forward planning for the next five years;

(6) What comparisons have been made between the (a) disabled driver population and (b) the provision of disabled driver parking in the ACT compared to other jurisdictions;

(7) What was the result of those comparisons.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) There are no records kept on the number of disabled people that hold ACT Driver licences.

(2) As there are no records kept, no projections have been prepared for the next five years.

(3) Permits are issued to both disabled drivers and non-drivers. At 13 May 2007 there were 15,359 mobility parking permits on issue.

(4) Due to the introduction of a new computer system, figures are not available prior to June 2003. At 31 December the following number of mobility parking permits were on issue:

2003 = 10,401

2004 = 12,057

2005 = 13,499

2006 = 14,899

(5) Provision for parking for drivers with disabilities is required under the Building Code of Australia (BCA) or under the ACT Parking and Vehicular Access Guidelines (the Guidelines). As development applications are lodged or developments proposed, they are screened for a wide range of requirements, including parking provision for drivers with disabilities. Generally, the requirement is for one space for drivers with disabilities per 100 car parking spaces.

The provision rates for parking spaces are set out in the BCA and the Australian Standard. In structures, which are subject to BCA requirements, the provision rate is

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