Gooseybhai:Ive always pondered what happens if there is a legit user already using the space and another legit user is wanting to use that space?It amuses me that you only ever really see one or two spaces reserved.
There is an allowance in both free and paid parks (upto p180) for those with CCS cards to park for twice the allowed time, so 20 minutes in a free 10min park or 360 minutes in a 180 minute paid park (and every other kind of park in between).
I've had cards twice in the past 3 years after having surgery and constantly found people parking in the spots who weren't disabled, especially after-hours in the city and by courier drivers or poeple waiting to pick people up. I say if the person is with the car or likely to return soon then ticket them and give them some demerit points, otherwise give them those and tow them as well (you can't tow a car with the owner present, just in case anyone was curious. can't remember the case name off the top of my head that established that though).
Professional drivers (taxi, courier etc) should get double the fine and demierit points for any roading and parking offences. So often I see courier vans parked in the middle of a lane on victoria st in Auckland city, as they're drivers go to collect parcels from the distribution centre.
You do get a few odd looks when being young and healthy looking, but I was only asked once by a parking warden as I sat in my car what was the reason I had the card, which I was ok with being asked (just doing his job).