A severely disabled woman has complained to the Equal Opportunities Commission, claiming that driving and parking privileges given to handicapped people who can drive should be extended to the relatives of those who cannot. Christina Leung Chi-mei said the lack of such a concession discriminated against people with the worst disabilities, preventing them from getting about and limiting their ability to integrate into society. 'How come disabled drivers who suffer fewer physical constraints can enjoy a list of concessions in driving, but those with more serious damage cannot?' asked Ms Leung, who was severely injured in a traffic accident 19 years ago and cannot drive. Many buildings had barrier-free facilities, but these were wasted if those with the severest disabilities could not get to them because of transport difficulties, she said. Disabled drivers are entitled to concessions including priority use of parking spaces and exemptions from licensing fees and government tunnel fees. Willy Law Wai-cheung, vice-chairman of Direction Association for the Handicapped, said extending such concessions to relatives would reduce demands on the Rehabus service and encourage relatives to help the disabled integrate into society. Former welfare-sector legislator Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung, who helped file the complaint, said the government had been ignoring the problem. Asked if he was worried about the benefits being abused, Mr Cheung said the government should take initiatives to prevent abuse, instead of withholding concessions from those who needed them. Free parking spaces for relatives of the disabled at hospitals and government buildings should be the least the government offers, he said. A commission spokeswoman said the complaint was fair in principle, but would need investigation. The commission would mediate with relevant government departments if the case was found valid.