Welcome to SPARC BC

SPARC BC knows that communities are just and healthy when people have equitable access to places, knowledge, services, adequate incomes, and community decision-making processes. That is why SPARC BC is passionate about working with people on income security, accessibility, and community development; and on the connections between them.

 

As an independent, non-partisan, registered charity working with BC communities for 43 years, we are an excellent source of knowledge and expertise, and proudly operate the Parking Permit Program for People with Disabilities. If you are in search of community-based research, consulting services, or practical resources and workshops, then SPARC BC can help you.

 

From a systems level, to the grass roots, we are working for positive change!

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Play by the rules LEAVE SPACE FOR ME

For people with disabilities who require a designated parking space there are not many alternatives when they arrive at a parking lot and find the designated spaces full: they can wait or go home. These are not real choices - let's work together to ensure that accessible parking is available for those who need it.

Play by the Rules

  1. Only the designated permit holder is entitled to use their disability parking permit.
  2. The permit may be used in any vehicle provided the permit holder is present.
  3. The permit holder is responsible for ensuring that the permit is valid and has not expired.
  4. The permit holder must carry a wallet card that includes their name and permit number.
  5. Disability parking spaces should not be used if the permit holder is staying in the vehicle.
  6. Having a parking permit does not exempt the user from obeying parking laws or paying fees.
  7. The permit should be displayed so that the expiry date is visible.

Offences

It is a violation of the rules of use of the Parking Permit Program for People with Disabilitites and the Motor Vehicle Act if:

  1. The permit holder transfers their permit to another person whether or not that person is disabled.
  2. The permit holder continues to use their permit past the expiry date.
  3. Someone is using a disability parking space without having a valid permit.
  4. Someone is using a disability parking space and they do not have a disability.
  5. Someone alters or changes the parking permit that has been issued.

If you are concerned about the potential misuse or abuse of a disability parking permit or designated parking space, please call SPARC BC's Accessibility and Enforcement Line: 604-718-7734 to report your concerns.

SPARC BC Accessibility

and Enforcement Line

Within Metro Vancouver: 604-718-7744

Outside Metro Vancouver: 1-888-718-7794

or email us at permits@sparc.bc.ca

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