A Brussels police zone has launched an internal investigation after one of its vehicles was spotted stationed in a handicapped parking spot.
A passer-by in the municipality of Etterbeek spotted the parked police vehicle, which belongs to the Montgomery police zone on Tuesday, sending a photo of it to Francophone daily 7sur7.
While the passer-by told the outlet that the car had remained parked in the spot for around 15 minutes, the time frame given by a police spokesperson was much shorter.
“There was, indeed, a car of ours parked in that handicapped spot, from 10:12 to 10:19 AM,” the spokesperson told Bruzz.
The spokesperson said that an internal investigation had been launched and that more information would be released upon its conclusion.
Parking a car in a handicapped parking space without proper authorisation can lead to a fine of up to €116, an amount which can swell if the car is also impounded.
The Etterbeek resident denounced the incident, telling the outlet the police should not be excused from respecting road regulations.
A police vehicle can only make use of a handicapped parking spot during an emergency situation, and their lights and siren must be on.
The Brussels Times