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Inclusivity activist calls for free meter parking for people with disabilities

Paul Vienneau says this would improve safety and accessibility
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A parking meter in Halifax (Meghan Groff/

HALIFAX - A local disability advocate is asking the city to allow those with disability parking permits to be able to have free meter parking in Halifax.

City councillor Shawn Cleary will be meeting with the transportation committee on Thursday to look at the feasibility. 

Disability advocate Paul Vienneau told NEWS 95.7 the idea comes from his time in Toronto where they have a similar system. 

Vienneau says he feels Halifax needs more safe accessible parking.  

"I can already park at a meter with my car but to pay the meter, I have to go to the end of the block, backtrack back to the meter, put the money in and go do my thing," he said "I see this as a work around to the increase need for safe, accessible parking."

Vienneau says that he doesn't think this idea will change much for non-disabled people but it might allow much more freedom to those who do have disabilities to be able to do the things they want to do. 




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