I feel a burning need to gather all the drivers in the United States in one place and explain to them how handicapped permit parking works.
A. In order to park in a handicapped permit spot, you need to have — stay with me here — a handicapped permit! I know this is a shocking concept. If you don’t have a permit, you may not park there. Not even if you have five children under two. Not even if your back hurts. If your back hurts that bad, go to a doctor and get a permit.
B. Stripes on the pavement mean DON’T PARK HERE! The striped area next to a handicapped permit spot is called an access aisle, it is not called a parking space. Grandpa, just because you have a handicapped permit does not mean you may squeeze your boat of an Oldsmobile in the striped access aisle. You cool guys with your shiny red Suzuki motorcycles, they did not stripe that space so that you could park there. It’s there so that there will be room for the permit holder (the one parking in the REAL parking space) to:
- let down the van lift, or
- open the car door wide and get the wheelchair or the walker out, or
- have a safe route to the curb
C. And while we’re at it…that spot where the curb has been lowered to meet the street — yes, right where you are idling your car, your Federal Express truck, your moving van — that’s called a curb cut. It’s the only place some of us can get onto the sidewalk.
Ok, I’m going to go home and yell at my dog. No, maybe I’ll just have a drink.
Here’s Bob Alexander’s much less sarcastic explanation.