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#4595911 - 12/06/17 10:23 AM Parking in handicap spots with no handicap plaq
grampi Offline


Registered: 10/08/06
Posts: 7763
Loc: OH
I'm seeing a lot of this; people parking in handicap spots with no handicap sign in their vehicle. So I printed up a bunch of messages that read:

"You must have a handicap sign displayed in your windshield to park in a handicap spot. If you don't have one, don't park here. The next time you will be reported."

I fold up the message and stick it under their wiper blade. I have been noticing less violators, but I don't know if it's just coincidence, or if my handing out of these messages is actually getting through to these idiots...do you see a lot of this where you live?

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#4595919 - 12/06/17 10:29 AM Re: Parking in handicap spots with no handicap plaq [Re: grampi]
Miller88 Offline


Registered: 04/09/08
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Loc: Onondaga County
Both my mom and dad could get them - they both have some mobility issues but they refuse to. They still park at the end of the parking lot and hobble in and out of the stores!

It is irritating when people use it for convenience rather than need.
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#4595922 - 12/06/17 10:30 AM Re: Parking in handicap spots with no handicap plaq [Re: grampi]
doitmyself Offline


Registered: 06/03/02
Posts: 6220
Loc: MI
Do you check to make sure they don't have a handicap license plate?

It doesn't seem to be much of a problem in Michigan.

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#4595927 - 12/06/17 10:33 AM Re: Parking in handicap spots with no handicap plaq [Re: grampi]
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 2970
Loc: USA
I see a lot of people who don't hang the placard from their mirror UNTIL they pull into the spot.

I don't understand the reasoning behind this...

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#4595930 - 12/06/17 10:33 AM Re: Parking in handicap spots with no handicap plaq [Re: grampi]
GSCJR Offline


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Loc: Ontario, Canada
I remembered this after reading your post.

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#4595932 - 12/06/17 10:35 AM Re: Parking in handicap spots with no handicap plaq [Re: grampi]
fenixguy Offline


Registered: 02/08/17
Posts: 307
Loc: NC
Originally Posted By: Reddy45
I see a lot of people who don't hang the placard from their mirror UNTIL they pull into the spot.

I don't understand the reasoning behind this...


^^^In most states it's illegal to drive with the placard hanging from the rear view. I doubt it's heavily enforced though. My mom has one and only hangs it up after she's parked. Her car has enough blind spots as it is.


Edited by fenixguy (12/06/17 10:35 AM)
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#4595933 - 12/06/17 10:35 AM Re: Parking in handicap spots with no handicap plaq [Re: Reddy45]
doitmyself Offline


Registered: 06/03/02
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Loc: MI
Originally Posted By: Reddy45
I see a lot of people who don't hang the placard from their mirror UNTIL they pull into the spot.

I don't understand the reasoning behind this...


A lot of states prohibit anything dangling from the mirror while driving because it impairs vision.

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#4595943 - 12/06/17 10:41 AM Re: Parking in handicap spots with no handicap plaq [Re: grampi]
BalticBob Offline


Registered: 11/27/16
Posts: 395
Loc: Texas
Happens all the time, makes me so mad!
I just hate it when a vehicle with no handicap tag or plate is in a handicap parking place.
Then I have to park my vehicle (with no tag or plate) in a "healthy" parking spot, and inconvenience myself to walk a few more steps.
How selfish they are!

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#4595945 - 12/06/17 10:42 AM Re: Parking in handicap spots with no handicap plaq [Re: doitmyself]
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Registered: 12/05/09
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Loc: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
It doesn't help, either, when jurisdictions constantly change the rules. We went from having an actual plate on the vehicle indicating authorization to use the spots, to a plate sized piece of plastic you'd put on the dash, to a hanging thing, as you mention.
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#4595946 - 12/06/17 10:42 AM Re: Parking in handicap spots with no handicap plaq [Re: grampi]
MoreCowbellAz Offline


Registered: 02/05/15
Posts: 322
Loc: Phoenix, Az
I respect your view on this, I'm a believer in following basic rules of society whether you agree with them or not. That said, I think it's ridiculous when I see at the grocery store, home depot, etc, so many handicapped spots reserved, I means tons, and rarely do I see more than a couple filled. I understand it's well intended all those reserved spaces represents is government encroachment, which I detest. Government has no business in telling a private business owner they have to reserve X number of spaces or else, most of which never get used. I'd much rather have the owner recognize some basic fair accommodations would appeal to customers and let free enterprise takes its course.

So yeah I see your point, fair enough, but equally or more irritated by seeing most every space anywhere near the store reserved and rarely even seeing a car in them. Sort of my pet peeve with our ever encroaching gov't.
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#4595956 - 12/06/17 10:50 AM Re: Parking in handicap spots with no handicap plaq [Re: grampi]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10172
Loc: OH
Originally Posted By: grampi
The next time you will be reported."


Now is the time to save the non-emergency phone number for the police in your cell phone. Next time you see something like this report it. Believe me they want to know. The fine for this is a couple hundred dollars. Some things don't deserve a warning. This is one of them.

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#4595967 - 12/06/17 10:56 AM Re: Parking in handicap spots with no handicap plaq [Re: grampi]
andrewg Offline


Registered: 10/05/08
Posts: 5466
Loc: Buckley, Wa.
Just lazy scum trying to take advantage. That's an everyday thing these days.
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#4595968 - 12/06/17 10:57 AM Re: Parking in handicap spots with no handicap plaq [Re: fenixguy]
blupupher Offline


Registered: 08/27/04
Posts: 4421
Loc: Katy, Republic of Texas
Originally Posted By: fenixguy
Originally Posted By: Reddy45
I see a lot of people who don't hang the placard from their mirror UNTIL they pull into the spot.

I don't understand the reasoning behind this...


^^^In most states it's illegal to drive with the placard hanging from the rear view. ...

This.

My Mom has one, and only uses it when she is not feeling well. Most of the time, she says she does not use it because others may need it more. But then you end up with the idiots that abuse the spaces.
My brother in law also has one, and needs space to get his scooter out of his van. He is the reason I quit parking my motorcycle in the hashed space next to a handicap spot. True van access spots need that space.

One of my biggest pet peeves are these jacked up trucks that have a handicap placard.
If you are so handicaped that you can't walk far, how do you climb up into the truck? Sometimes I don't understand.
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#4595989 - 12/06/17 11:15 AM Re: Parking in handicap spots with no handicap plaq [Re: grampi]
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Registered: 03/04/17
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A lot of people use their family members handicap placard even though they are not handicapped themselves. There are always the scammers.
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#4595990 - 12/06/17 11:17 AM Re: Parking in handicap spots with no handicap plaq [Re: grampi]
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You should see a clearly non-disabled person get out of the car though; Also what if an ambulatory caregiver is PICKING UP a disabled person? )

Me, in FLA, I used to drop my 96 YO mom off at the kerb and help her out the car and to a bench whilst I parked WHEREever - though not in a handicapped reserved spot.

If somebody without a placard is hurt or disabled they can park there too, IMO don't need a law to tell me this.


Edited by ARCOgraphite (12/06/17 11:20 AM)
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