After finding herself in a wheelchair prior to diagnosis and treatment for Parkinson’s Disease, Elisha “Friday” Wright encountered the on going frustration of access to premises in order to continue an independent life. Then, writing a blog post and vowing to fight for inclusion for people with disabilities, the post went viral and the No Permit No Park Campaign was born in March 2013.

Now a well known advocate for access and inclusion, Friday works with all levels of government and relevant agencies to continue to improve policies that create inclusive communities. Changing attitudes through education is her strategy. She has developed material used Australia wide and has been adopted by other organisations and adapted globally. When asked why she feels it’s such an important issue, Friday’s response is:

“Disability Parking is about access and inclusion with dignity. When this access is taken away, the result is exclusion. Enforcement of disability parking laws is about more than just a traffic infringement. It’s about preventing discrimination against people with disabilities. It’s standing up for their rights to be included in their community.”

We welcome you to browse the website and join us on social media to keep sharing the valuable information and stories with the goal to a world where no one is excluded for their level of capability.

No Permit No Park aims to be an educational and thought provoking campaign that engages with the community to encourage inclusion for everyone. Enforcement will hopefully become something that is redundant one day if we continue to educate the community to be more considerate of the accessible areas designed for people with disabilities. Our priority is to keep the access free to be used rather than issuing infringements. All it takes is for people to be considerate of the needs of others.

All campaign members and visitors are encouraged to engage in productive conversation that promotes the values of inclusive communities, equity for people with disabilities and building ideas for future benefit. It is also a place where people can vent frustrations and share in humour. We do not in any way condone, nor encourage, any acts of violence, abuse, or damaging people’s property.

Certain terms are offensive to people with disabilities and we do ask that you are mindful and respectful of that when communicating with other members and refrain from using them when asked to do so.

Campaign Founder and Advocate Elisha ‘Friday’ Wright

Comments (22)

  1. Roz Window

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    Hi there,
    Thank you so much for all your work & raising awareness. I heard you talking about this project on 612ABC the other day & was very impressed! I have a back injury & tumor in my foot & am undergoing radiation at the moment. I have a parking permit & have to use crutches to walk, even then not very far. I would love the wording of your flyer as it so often happens that I go to my local shoot, Stafford City Shopping Center & there are almost always people parked in the spaces reserved for us. I was trying to come up with wording of my own & then I heard you on the radio. I have tried following the links I could find & can’t get the PDF. If you could send it to me, I would really appreciate it.

    Thanks again for all your work & starting an amazing movement such as this!!
    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    Roz.

    • nopermitnopark

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      Thanks for supporting the campaign Roz and I will continue to fight for inclusion and access for you. I’m reconstructing the website and will post the flyer as soon as I can. I’ve been rather unwell myself the last week and playing catch up on all these important things 🙂

  2. Louise aldridge

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    What can we do about the people who use someone else’s permit and are clearly not disable. I find a lot of people who have disable parents even use the permit when the disable person is not with them. How can we have them charged as the parking attendants say if they have. Permit we can not do nothing about it
    Louise

    • nopermitnopark

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      Hi Louise, all fraudulent permit use should be reported to the issuing authority in your state. Give as much info as possible, names, car regos and if possible permit number. They investigate and where neccessary penalise the offenders.

  3. sav

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    Hi and thank you for doing this. I have been fighting with the locals in my area regarfing parking. The best I had was a guy saying that he wasn’t parked because the motor was still running and people were in the car. Cause it was too hard to cary his newly purchased carton of beer an extra 10 meters to a normal park. The locsl security say that they cant do anything because centre management don’t care. As it was they slashed our parking dpots too. But I too cant wait for you to post up the PDF of the letter cause I will use it.

    Cheers and keep up the good work
    Sav

    • nopermitnopark

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      You’re welcome Sav. The PDF is ready to download on our Educational Materials Tab at the top of the site 🙂

  4. Jan Long

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    Hi Louise, I was just going to download your flyer when I noticed that there is a “typo”. At the bottom it says “please visit OUT website” instead of our website. If I download the flyer, can I change it or do you have to do that? Sorry to hear you have been unwell. Hope things are better for you now.
    Keep up the good work Louise. Best wishes Jan

    • nopermitnopark

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      Hi Jan,
      Thanks for spotting the typo. Will fix and upload the update shortly. Cheers
      Elisha

  5. Lucius

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    Elisha,

    I played some small part in the introduction of Disabled Parking in Qld. When we introduced Disabled Parking in Qld it was aimed at the paraplegics and quadriplegics.

    We thought there would never be more than about 5 to 6 thousand holders of Disabled Permits.
    What has happened over the years is that doctors have completely bastardized the scheme by issuing permits to people who did not fall strictly within the guidelines. Hence we have had an absolute explosion of Disable Permit holders who have no right have one.
    I think IF you shame people for parking in disabled parking spots you should also shame people who have Disabled Permits but are not disabled.
    Just because a doctor has issued a Disabled Permit does not mean that person is entitled to have one.

    Just because you have a disability does not mean you are disabled. My wife has difficulty walking more than a few hundred meters, but if I called her disabled she would shoot me!!! Yet hundreds of thousands of Disabled Parking permits are written out to old, fat, etc etc and other people who have no right to a Disabled Permit. The purpose of a Disabled Permit is not to allow privileged parking at ALDI so you can load your new TV into the back of your car. Something that I see all the time!!!

    While I have no doubt you are a decent person, I think your campaign is foolish and wrong.

    • nopermitnopark

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      Thanks for sharing your opinion Lucius although I prefer to work with facts rather than opinions. You should be congratulated for playing your part however what you think is rather narrow minded and I will be happy to continue the campaign of raising awareness and educating the community, fixing the mess you started.
      You’re welcome.
      Elisha

    • Jenny

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      Wow Lucius, you’ve totally lost me with your comment, “Just because you have a disability does not mean you are disabled.” Then you go on to say that, “While I have no doubt you are a decent person, I think your campaign is foolish and wrong.” Both of those statements are ridiculous in my opinion. Elisha has a disability and she is disabled. I have an illness which is disabling. Campaigning for access for people with disabilities is anything but “foolish and wrong”, in my opinion it is noble and right. Why should anyone in the community exclude people just because they have disabilities which may or may not be ‘visible’ or ‘what the general population might not consider disabling’? You are also incorrect when you state, “Just because a doctor has issued a Disabled Permit does not mean that person is entitled to have one.” Are you a Doctor treating patients with disabilities who apply for a Permit? No? Then your knowledge of the individual cases is nil. I may not have a mobility issue (thankfully) but I don’t look at someone, thinking, “They’re WALKING, they surely can’t be disabled and have a Permit, because they’re WALKING”. That would be potentially a serious error of judgement on my part. Permits can be issued to people who, for example, have chronic heart conditions, serious lung disease, a variety of inflammatory joint conditions, amputees who use prosthetics, people with vision impairment, as well as those who need to use aids to walk and those who are in chairs and scooters either some of the time or permanently. What we are here to do, is to provide information to the public in order that drivers may understand the NEED for disability accessible parking, to help educate those in our society who feel “entitled” to use disability accessible parking without holding the required Permit, and to help encourage others to join in and be part of the solution instead of either ignoring the problem or contributing to it. I’m one of these “nosey” people who checks for Permits when I see vehicles parked in accessible parking…and more often than not, I’m the one at the receiving end of “dirty looks” and rude comments as I do so. That doesn’t stop me. Wrong is wrong, even when everyone is doing it. Right is right, even when nobody is watching.

  6. Lucius

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    Elisha,

    I have endeavored to supply you with “facts”, but because my facts do not confirm with your “opinions” you consider me narrow minded!!!!

    I note you are in a wheel chair. The program was designed to help people like you – not every fat overweight chain-smoker etc who is too lazy to walk a few extra steps.

    But if you want to insist that fat and overweight, lazy is a disability – the same as yours go for it!!

    Please do not think you are helping the disabled – you are not.

    • nopermitnopark

      Reply

      I prefer not to judge people’s disabilities. I’ve had far more success running a positive attitude changing campaign than from complaining with a chip on my shoulder about the things I cannot change.

    • John Counsel

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      Lucius, why haven’t you taken this up with the medical board in your State? Obviously there are far too many irresponsible or corrupt medical practitioners — GPs and Specialists — issuing fraudulent medical certifications on applications for Disability Parking Permits. (That seems to be your inference, anyway.) Or perhaps you just don’t know what you’re talking about?

      Watch this: https://youtu.be/zRT7vsT0HWI

  7. James 007.5

    Reply

    Hi Elisha,

    Its James from The Corner Pocket Sydney – Loved what you had to say on the show keep up the good work.

  8. Trish K

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    Elisha I’m behind you 100% – some 20+ years ago my Dad lost both legs and had a disabled permit and the amount of times I had to argue his point for that spot until he got out of the car into his wheelchair was more than I could keep count off…
    Lucius – like Elisha has said you should be congratulated in the part you played – however not all Doctors freely give out Disable parking permits!
    Both my Stepdad and Mother are in their early 80’s and while they no longer drive – they do have a parking permit for whom ever takes them out – because both suffer breathing difficulties..(most times when we get to shopping centres we then hire wheelchairs – but they do not go out that often because narrowminded people have “shamed them” into believing they shouldnt be allowed to use the park.. to say because they’re not “wheelchair” bound means they shouldn’t use a disabled park is sad of what society thinks of our elderly

    Elisha – I’d happily put my hand up to help you at anytime!

    • nopermitnopark

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      Thanks Trish. One of the most significant things about this campaign is that we moved on from ‘naming and shaming’ a long time ago as it has proven ineffective. I’m often criticised when people see me walk away from my car but what they don’t know is the effort it takes for me to walk is immense and often painful. I know many people in this position. Disability Access is all about giving people with disabilities a better quality of life by allowing them to be included in their community. Especially for those who are able to retain any degree of independence.

  9. Reply

    Lucius, you sound like so many people who, because they helped to initiate something worthwhile — a cause, an organisation, etc — think that everyone who comes after them has no right to expand on what they started or owes them some kind of right of approval for changes. Time to get yourself a higher perspective on reality and let go of your fear of loss. No idea or movement is complete and incapable of improvement from the start.

    Stop being so irrationally territorial… and so offensive to Elisha and everything she’s worked so hard and so effectively to achieve. Curmudgeons have their place, but this ain’t one of them.

  10. Meyer

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    • John Counsel

      Reply

      Meyer, the ABC story is incomplete. Smart Parking (an innovative Australian company with a huge presence in the UK) has several products that it can integrate for total traffic/parking management. The app mentioned in the story is used for what it says: locating available parking spaces in monitored car parks (mostly via in-ground RFID sensors). And while the app in no way threatens parking officers, the overstayers would certainly find detection and penalty notices a lot more certain. The system notifies the nearest parking officer of the overstay. The parking officer drives to the bay, photographs the offence (several points of evidence required), and submits the report to a data centre. The software in their hand-held device captures and read the registration plate, traces the owner, records the time, date and location (via GPS) and any notes from the officer. Penalty Notices are mailed same day.

      Similar systems apply to Accessible Parking: an in-ground RFID sensor sends a request to any vehicle passing over it. If the vehicle contains the right micro-chip (eg: embedded in a Permit), nothing happens. But if the request doesn’t receive a response from the vehicle, the nearest parking officer is notified, arrives and records the offence as above.

      The parking office doesn’t need to get out of the vehicle — it’s all over in less than a minute and they’re off to the next reported offence.

      The best part? The whole detection and notification takes place BEFORE the offending vehicle comes to a halt. By the time the offender gets our of the vehicle, the parking officer is on their way.

      The fines need to be high enough to fund the technology, and there would be issues with people parking without the required microchips (from interstate or another municipality) until the system as universally installed. But it’s the long-term solution. Nothing deters sociopaths and opportunists quite like CERTAINTY of detection and punishment.

      • Kieran

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        Oh wow John, wouldn’t such technology (using a RFID chip in Disability Parking Permits, to coordinate with an RFID sensor built into the parking bay) be so great. Unfortunately, given there are costs involved (both to the issuing authority of the passes, and to the parking infrastructure owner) I doubt I’ll see such a great thing in my lifetime. It’d also cut down on the sometimes stupid issuing of infringement notices to people with interstate disability permits (I got one the other day at Melbourne Airport, despite my valid NSW Disability Parking permit being prominently displayed) due to lack of parking officer education that the Australian Disability Parking Scheme has reciprocal rights (for the top level permits at least) between states.

        It’s a shame, but there is a fair amount of abuse that does go on with the Disability permits, but you don’t need a dodgy permit to abuse disability parking – plenty of people with no passes at all will park in them, and thumb their nose at those who have a real and justified need for these precious spaces (especially when places like Melbourne Airport keep reducing and pushing these spaces further and further away from the terminal, to change them into “premium” parking spaces).

  11. John Counsel

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    Kieran, I agree that there are costs and that the system would really only work if ALL disabled permit holders in Australia were issued with chipped permits that worked everywhere. At Accessible Parking Australia we’re working on a minimum five-year time-frame for this to happen. But here’s what I see as the most likely scenario:

    Private companies will offer Councils the alternative to contract out the entire process of enforcing and collection, supported by a hike in penalties across the country something like this:

    First Offence: $500+ fine, plus 1 license demerit point.
    Second Offence: $1,000 fine, plus 2 demerit points.
    Third Offence: $2,000 fine plus 3 demerit points.

    This escalation recognises the reality that these offenders are sociopaths who have to intention of complying with the law.

    Fourth Offence: $5,000 fine, mandatory cancellation of license and confiscation of vehicle.

    The company would retain, say 20%-25% of all fines issued and collected, the balance going to the relevant Council.

    Sociopaths will always be with us, because while some are born, most are “made” by rarely having to suffer any consequences from their anti-social behaviour. So the scheme will quickly recover any investment in technology by the company, and deliver attractive ROI into the future for the company. Councils can then just enjoy the revenue without any involvement.

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