Handicapped Parking-The Good and the Bad

Have you been a witness to those people who park in  Handicapped Parking Spaces climbing out of their vehicles like the jackrabbits they are, and then waiting patiently for the driver to walk around his/her vehicle to assist that handicapped person they are driving for? And alas, there is no handicapped person to assist, so they merely go into the establishment they drove to, to shop?

You see this occurring at the Mall, at Theaters, Golf Courses etc.

So it has bothered me to such an extent I took the trouble of looking up Texas State law regarding the use of those wonderful parking spaces. And here is what I found out:

It is a Violation of Texas law:

 To park a vehicle in an accessible parking space without displaying the appropriate plate or placard, even if a driver or a passenger of the vehicle has a disability;

 To park a vehicle in an accessible space when neither the driver or any passenger has a disability, even if the vehicle displays the appropriate plate or placard;

Shared/Issue areas/Transportation/Parking/DRAFT Accessible Parking for Texans with Disabilities 2009

  •   To park a vehicle with a placard or plate that is expired;
  •   To park a vehicle with a placard or plate that belongs to someone who is not a driveror a passenger in the vehicle;
  •   To lend a parking placard to an individual without a disability who uses that placardto violate state law;
  •   To steal or counterfeit a parking placard or license plate;
  •   To park a car in such a way that it blocks access to an accessible parking space, anaccess aisle, or any architectural improvement that provides access for people with disabilities, such as a ramp or a curb cut.

    Violations of Accessible Parking in Texas:

    People who park in accessible parking spaces or who misuse Disabled Parking Placards or License Plates are subject to fines of up to $2,500 and/or up to 50 hours of community service.

So the next time you see a person abusing the privilege of using those spaces, remind them of Texas Law.

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