The Malta Independent 21 September 2018, Friday

Woman with disability has her reserved parking moved by Transport Malta without prior notice

Rebekah Cilia Wednesday, 12 September 2018, 08:47 Last update: about 9 days ago

A 63-year-old woman suffering from fibromyalgia got a knock on her door last week to remove her car from her disabled parking spot. Monica Ingolotti from Fgura suffers from severe fibromyalgia which causes individuals to have widespread pain and constant tiredness.

Ingolotti went through the lengthy process including a board review and a doctor's certification from a doctor assigned by Transport Malta, to obtain the disabled parking space outside her home.

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On Wednesday of last week, Transport Malta officials asked her to remove her car so they could paint over the space to make it a normal parking space. They moved her reserved disabled parking space to next available spot.

To many this may not pose a problem, however, Ingolotti reports that with fibromyalgia one can have good and bad days. On the bad days, she can barely walk and is very stiff. The new reserved parking space is now between two cars making it much harder for her to manoeuvre in and out of the space.

The previous parking space was between the entrance of a garage and another car so it was much easier for her to park. It has now become very difficult for her to park her car and furthermore she comments that after the lengthy process of applying for a reserved parking space she was given no notice that it will be moved.

The hospital had certified that her fibromyalgia is 'severe' and she has since changed from a manual car to an automatic one for easier driving.

Ingolotti has filed a complaint with Transport Malta but has had no news so far apart from forwarding the complaint to the relevant department. She also spoke with Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability who said they will be speaking to Transport Malta.


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