NSW Mobility Parking Scheme
The Mobility Parking Scheme (MPS) provides parking concessions to people with mobility disabilities.
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) issues a licence-style card that includes the cardholder’s photograph, and other security features such as a hologram and a 'ghost' photo image. Proof of identity is required to ensure only eligible people receive a card.
Review of the MPS
A review of the Mobility Parking Scheme is currently underway. The review is being conducted by an Independent Advisory Committee supported by Transport for NSW.
Feedback and responses have been received through public consultation meetings, an online survey and submissions to a public discussion paper. The consultation phase of the review has been completed.
Responses received during the consultation phase are being reviewed and the Committee expects to provide a report on the review in late 2012.
See Review of the MPS for more information.
Types of permits
There are three types of permit. Your individual situation will determine the type of permit you apply for:
- Individual (blue card): This permit is issued for five years to eligible individuals whose disability is permanent.
- Temporary (red card): This permit is issued for up to six months to eligible individuals whose disability is temporary. There is also provision to renew a temporary permit for up to an additional six months.
- Organisation (green card): The Organisation permit is issued to organisations that provide transport for eligible people. See Organisation MPS permits for more information.
All applications for new or renewal MPS permits must be signed by a medical doctor. Doctors are aware that the fraudulent use of MPS permits disadvantage the people the scheme is designed to help, and will not sign the medical certificate unless you genuinely meet the requirements. See How to apply for more information.
Note: When applying for an Individual MPS permit, the medical certificate is only valid for up to six months from the date the medical practitioner signed the form. The medical certificate for a Temporary MPS permit is valid for a three-month period starting from the date the medical practitioner signs the medical certificate.
MPS and fitness to drive
Changes to the scheme on 18 May 2009 require MPS applicants who hold a NSW driver licence to have their medical fitness to drive assessed if RMS has not been notified of any medical condition of their licence. See Fitness to drive for more information.
Australian Disability Parking Scheme
The Federal, State and Territory governments are introducing the Australian Disability Parking Permit in 2010, a first step in the harmonisation of all state and territory disability parking programs. It has been introduced in response to feedback from a national consultation process that showed overwhelming support for a common permit design.
From 20 September 2010 all disability parking permits issued in NSW will consist of an MPS permit and an Australian Disability Parking Permit.
Existing holders of NSW MPS permits
If you already hold a current MPS permit, it is not affected and will remain valid until its expiry date, unless it is revoked earlier. If you have not already received the new Australian Disability Parking Permit in the post, you will need to take your valid MPS permit to your nearest motor registry to obtain a Disability Parking Permit.
From 1 April 2011 you must display the new Australian Disability Parking Permit along with your NSW MPS permit to continue to be eligible for parking concessions. After this date, permits not displayed correctly may result in a fine as if no permit is displayed. See Displaying permits for more information.
Existing Temporary permit holders
You don’t need an Australian Disability Parking Permit if you have a Temporary MPS Permit issued prior to 20 September 2010. You may continue using your Temporary MPS Permit, just as you do now (in its white plastic holder), until it expires.
New applicants for MPS permits
Applicants for a new MPS permit will be issued with a new Australian Disability Parking Permit along with their NSW MPS permit from 20 September 2010.
There will be no changes to the parking concessions in NSW. You will still need to check with the local authority when travelling interstate.
Hotline to catch disability parking cheats
The public can report abuse of the NSW parking scheme for people with a disability. Use the disability parking scheme cheats hotline if you suspect someone of using the disability parking scheme who may not be entitled to do so.