Non-disabled drivers merrily displaying their inconsideration at LCCT-KLIA on July 15.
Photo by Wuan.
At a meeting with AirAsia Executive Vice President Bo Lingam on July 25, among the other issues that the Barrier-Free Environment and Accessible Transport Group (BEAT) brought up were the abuse of accessible parking at the LCCT-KLIA car park. Non-disabled drivers disregarded the prominently displayed wheelchair signs and the wheelchair logos painted on the ground and parked their vehicles there anyway.
Following that, Malaysia Airports Berhad (MAB), the operator of LCCT-KLIA, was informed of the situation. In a response to AirAsia and BEAT on August 1, MAB informed us that the car park management had instructed guards to ensure that the accessible parking are not misused and that cars of non-disabled drivers parking there will be clamped.
When I arrived at the LCCT-KLIA for AisAsia’s press conference on August 4, I saw a guard and a man in plain clothes jotting down the car numbers. None of the cars that were parked at the accessible parking sported the wheelchair logo. None were fitted with hand control kit. None of the cars were clamped. Plastic traffic barriers were put up at the other empty lots to prevent further abuse.
Clamped for abusing an accessible parking at LCCT-KLIA..
Photo by Wuan.
By using the barriers to stop indiscriminate parking by non-disabled drivers, it also created problems for disabled drivers driving alone. Disabled drivers will be unable to move the barriers by themselves. When I wanted to park, Wuan had to help the guard to move the barriers. And I had a strong suspicion that staff of the car park management was noting down the car number and clamped the car because they were informed that we would be there that day. I wonder if they are enforcing this 24/7.
When Wuan and I got back to the car park after the press conference, only one of the 4 cars abusing the accessible parking had its front wheel clamped. The car park management had done something but that was not enough. Nevertheless, I am not blaming the car park operator solely for this. It is the attitude of the few inconsiderate drivers that is causing this problem.
Malaysians need to be more civic-minded. We should not need to be reminded to give up our seats to senior citizens and pregnant women in buses and trains. Drivers should give pedestrians right of way at pedestrian crossings. Accessible toilets should not be abused. When adults act inconsiderately, children emulate. Monkey see, monkey do. Is inconsideration what we want to teach our children?