No vehicle may be parked in a designated space for handicapped parking by any sign or pavement marking using the term “handicapped,” displaying a wheelchair symbol, or otherwise reasonably indicating designation for handicapped parking, unless the vehicle displays a handicapped placard or license plate. Sample handicapped license plates are shown below.
This applies to all spaces designated for handicapped parking on public property and on private property. The designation by a private property owner or lessee has the same effect as designation by public authority, and permits enforcement by peace officers.
If you received a ticket for this violation, you were parked in a space designated for handicapped parking and were not displaying a handicapped placard or license plate.
The car in the photograph below is parked in a space designated for handicapped parking. The car did not have a handicapped license plate nor a handicapped placard.
Parking in Handicapped Spaces is NOT Free!
If the handicapped space is located in an area that requires you to pay to park, the vehicle parked in the handicapped space must pay the meter, pay station, parking attendant, or other collection mechanism.
If your disability makes it difficult to make payment at a meter or pay station, you may wish to consider obtaining a Handicapped Prepaid Parking Meter Permit from parking services (sample below).
Note: The Disabled Veteran Plate shown below DOES NOT permit a disabled veteran to park his/her vehicle, or a vehicle in which they are a passenger, in designated disability parking spaces. If a disabled veteran is handicapped, either a disability placard or a disability license plate must be obtained to park in designated disability parking spaces.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 June 2012 10:04