PLEASE PARK IT RIGHT

PLEASE PARK IT RIGHT

Traffic parking awareness campaign kicks off in Jeddah - a unique innovative program launched by ALBAIK in cooperation with the Jeddah Traffic, Prince Salman Center for Disability Research and Tayseer program from the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry

PLEASE PARK IT RIGHT
4 July 2013

Traffic parking awareness campaign kicks off in Jeddah - a unique innovative program launched by ALBAIK in cooperation with the Jeddah Traffic, Prince Salman Center for Disability Research and Tayseer program from the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Please Park it Right … a simple message calling on each and every one to help reduce the traffic issues and allow room for others to park and move with ease. 

This is what the Parking Initiative Campaign launched by ALBAIK in cooperation with the Jeddah Traffic Police, the Universal Accessibility Program (a Prince Salman Center for Disability Research Program) and Tayseer CSR Program part of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“Please Park it Right” campaign is a three stage awareness program developed by ALBAIK and the Jeddah Traffic Police to reduce the issues of parking and traffic congestion. Aiming to build on the need for recognizing pedestrian, motorists and the general public’s comforts and respecting parking conduct; stage one of the campaign is directed at increasing awareness of the importance of respecting the parking slots designated for the disabled.  

With a strong message stating “If You Want to Take My Parking Spot then Take My Disability”. Developed by the Tayseer program and in alignment with the Universal Accessibility Code issued by the Prince Salman Center for Disability Research the launch event will witness activities giving people a taste of the challenges being faced by those with disability in trying to go about their day-to-day activities. 

“Parking slots for the disabled are limited and at times not even available.  To just be able to go to a hospital is a burden because even if there is a disabled parking slot it is always occupied by someone who’s not disabled,” said Safar Haqabani, from the Jeddah Social Responsibility Board [JCCI] and a member of the Saudi National Basketball team for the disabled. 

“The issue isn’t about feeling sorry for someone with a disability, its respecting there rights to allow them the opportunity to move about freely without feeling like a burden or witnessing obstacles that puts their ease of movement in jeopardy.”  He continued.  

Building on the sub message “If you want my parking spot then take my disability” the week long campaign will feature a number of programs that include signing a pledge to respect Parking Regulations, a mini remote control car driving test to see if people can Park It Right and an opportunity to play one-on-one with members of the Saudi National Basketball Team for the disabled shooting hoops from a wheelchair. 

Hosted at Red Sea Mall the event kicked off July 4 inviting the public to take part in the program activities helping to build on the awareness and need to respect parking regulations and the rights of the disabled.  Prior to the campaign launch a training session for the security teams and parking attendants was hosted at the Red Sea Mall by the Jeddah Traffic Police and the campaign organizers. 

Attending the launch were officials from the Jeddah Traffic Police, the Prince Salman Center for Disability Research, Red Sea Mall, Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Disabled Children’s Association and media. 

Upon signing the pledge visitors will receive pins with the campaign message and receive bumper stickers calling on everyone to Please Park it Right.

Please Park it Right is a community initiative that aims foster a sense of responsibility in respecting proper parking habits especially for the disabled parking and abiding as such. The initiative is a collaborative effort between ALBAIK the Jeddah Traffic Police, Red Sea Mall, Prince Salman Center for Disability Research – the Universal Accessibility Program and Tayseer part of the CSR Board for the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry. 

About the program partners: The Jeddah Traffic Police is a public administrative services sector responsible for traffic guidelines.  The Jeddah Traffic Police oversees, follows up and implements all the regulations and protocols concerning traffic safety and security.  Red Sea Mall is a main shopping and entertainment destination situated on the Bride of the Red Sea; an award winning shopping center Red Sea Mall hosts over 77 programs and activities in cooperation with various entities throughout the year.  Tayseer program is part of the CSR board in the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  Tayseer aims to support the development of the disabled through training program, research and activity integration.  Part of the Prince Salman Center for Disability Research the Universal Accessibility program is an important and necessary step in preparing and developing the infrastructure in various entities in the Kingdom to help mobility and ease of movement; especially for those with disabilities.  The Universal Accessibility provides all the necessary guidelines and codes for people to be able to function in their daily lives without obstacles.  Further information about the Universal Accessibility program can be found on http://accessibility.pscdr.org.sa/