Even though ten years have passed since Fredrik Jansson from Skellefteå in northern Sweden had his leg amputated, he must still prove his leg hasn't grown back in order to keep his disabled parking permit.....
“It is ridiculous to say the least. It defies all common sense,” Jansson told The Local. Eleven years ago, Jansson was forced to have his leg amputated after a long battle with cancer. ...
.Despite the fact that it is unlikely his condition will get better, he regularly has to prove to local authorities that he has enough trouble walking to need a disabled parking permit....“I go down to Umeå once every three years and have a doctor establish my leg is still gone,“ he said.
According to Jansson the trip makes him lose a day's wages as well as using up a medical appointment someone else might have been more in need of.
But according to the local authorities, the medical certificate is necessary in order to establish who needs a permit and who can manage without, as there are a limited number of disabled parking spaces in the area.
“It is really difficult for us to judge these things and that is why we need the medical recommendation,“ said traffic administrator Annica Persson from Skellefteå municipality to The Local.
She also pointed out that there are very many prosthetic aids for those lacking limbs today, which also makes it difficult for laymen to know who can manage without a permit and who can't.