Irish Wheelchair Association launch Back in 5 campaign
The Irish Wheelchair Association this morning launched their ‘Back in 5 campaign’ in County Louth.
Demonstrations took place in Dundalk, Ardee in Drogheda by placing wheelchairs in regular parking bays to highlight how frustrating it is when a parking space is taken up by somebody who should not be there.
One of the areas where the demonstration took place was on Clanbrassil Street, outside Leavy’s Opticians and Gino’s Diner.
A spokesperson for the group said: “Have you ever parked your car in an accessible car space provided for people with disabilities using back in 5 as an excuse!!
“Today we are campaigning placing wheelchairs in regular parking bays using back in 5 as an excuse to show people how frustrating it is to now be able to use a space purposely placed for you.
“If you have one or regularly parked in these spaces you do not realise that you are consequently taking other people’s independence from them.
“Accessible parking spaces are designed to allow the person access to and from the vehicle and local amenities. Imagine if you didn’t have the access to get in and out of your car? Think for a moment what impact that would have on your daily lifestyle?”
The campaign, which is supported by Louth County Council, the HSE and An Garda Siochána, is designed to educate those who have ever or may ever consider parking in disability-accessible spaces to have some integrity.