'Laziness is not a disability': council
Published: 23 Apr 12 12:20 CET
Disability Council members of a Swedish town have had enough of “lazy” drivers who park their cars in the disabled spaces, and want the erection of signs stating that laziness is not a recognized form of disability.
“Laziness is not a disability” say the proposed signs aimed at motorists in Nordmaling, northern Sweden. Below is a picture of a person in a wheelchair.
Members of the municipality's disability council (handikapprådet) are now lobbying to see the signs be used around the local area.
“People don’t respect disabled parking signs,” said Margareta Gustavsson of the council to the Västerbottens Kuriren newspaper.
“They seem to think that laziness is a disability, but it’s actually not at all.”
Gustavsson added that the Nordmaling community centre has already claimed one of the signs to erect in their own car park.
However, community development officer of the municipality, Sune Höglander, sees things differently, and has no intention of implementing the signs.
“It’s just a fun thing they’ve got for themselves, but I don’t think that those kinds of road signs will be found in our catalogue. Signs must be accurate, factual, and not emotive,” he said.
Höglander also pointed out that he didn’t consider “lazy parkers” taking disabled spaces to be a large problem in Nordmaling.
Gustavsson disagreed, according to the paper, and intends to take the matter further, pointing to the fact that similar signs in other parts of Sweden have proved to be effective.
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