Information for health professionals

If you’re a GP, we need your help to ensure that only eligible people receive a Mobility Parking Scheme permit. It’s difficult and unfair when eligible people can’t park in designated disability parking spaces because others are abusing permits and parking illegally.

Every application for a Mobility Parking Scheme permit must be signed by a registered medical doctor. The medical certificate on the application form asks you to certify that the applicant is eligible for a permit, based on certain criteria. You’ll also need to record your Provider Number on the form. The application will not be accepted without it.

A person with a Clinically Recognisable Disability recorded by Roads and Maritime Services does not need a fresh medical certificate to renew their Mobility Parking Scheme permit.

Please advise your patients that almost all registries and Service NSW centres have wheelchair access. Where a photo is required, an appointment can be made with any registry or Service NSW centre for a convenient time to have one taken.

Validity of medical certificates

Medical certificates for individual Mobility Parking Scheme permits are valid for six months from the date of certification.

Medical certificates for temporary Mobility Parking Scheme permits are valid for three months from the date of certification.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Mobility Parking Scheme permit, a person must have a disability.

Under current legislation, this means someone:

  • Who is unable to walk due to the permanent or temporary loss of use of one or both legs, or other permanent medical or physical condition; or
  • Whose physical condition is detrimentally affected as a result of walking 100 metres; or
  • Who requires the use of crutches, a walking frame, callipers, scooter, wheelchair or other similar mobility aid.

Mobility Parking Scheme permits are also available to people who are permanently blind.

Guidelines for permanent blindness from the Commonwealth Social Security Act 1991 are:

  • Visual acuity on the Snellen Scale after correction by suitable lenses must be less than 6/60 in both eyes, or
  • Constriction to within 10 degrees of fixation in the better eye irrespective of corrected visual acuity, or
  • A combination of visual defects in the same degree of visual impairment as that occurring in (1) or (2) above.

Minimum age

The minimum age to be issued with a Mobility Parking Scheme permit is three years of age.

Medical report regarding fitness to drive

The medical report (section 3) on the application form must be completed if the applicant has ticked ‘Yes’ for question 3a (holds a NSW licence) and ‘No’ for question 3b, or ‘Yes’ for question 3c on the application.

This section should be completed in conjunction with the current guidelines 'Assessing Fitness to Drive' for the class of licence held, as specified in question 3a on the application form.

Where medical fitness cannot be determined, you should refer the applicant to an appropriate specialist.

The completed medical form can be returned to the applicant.

If you need any further information, please call Roads and Maritime on 13 22 13.

Temporary permits

The medical report form regarding fitness to drive does not need to be completed for a temporary permit, if this is the applicant’s first temporary permit or the applicant has previously held a temporary permit that has expired.

The medical report does need to be completed if the applicant currently holds a temporary permit and is applying for a subsequent consecutive temporary permit, where their tenure will be in excess of six consecutive months.

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