Behaviour Modification?

I have not yet succeeded in getting the police to write Gebhardt BMW a ticket; apparently we cannot ticket a car that doesn’t have a license plate. I asked what they would do if a business put a dumpster or a large rock in a permit space. The business would be warned and asked to move it.

So Gebhardt has been warned. Several times. And while I’m still seeing no-license plate dealership cars in the spaces, the “owner’s car” (brown X5, Colorado DLR plate 551-DFL) has acquired a parking permit and is now more often than not parked in the actual permit space, rather than in the access aisle blocking the curb cut, as was previously the case.



  1. Patricia Tryon

    we cannot ticket a car that doesn’t have a license plate

    No enforcement for cars without visible plates? By jingo, I’ve just solved my parking problems in Boulder!

  2. mdmhvonpa

    I wonder, if you cannot ticket a car without a tag, can you commit driving violations as well with impunity?

  3. nazila


    How do you deal with this on a daily basis? My parents own a condo in Seattle, my mom is here for the weekend. She has a knee replacement has a handicap placard. She wants to park in the one handicap place for the condo, it is also the place their condo uses to store the recycling bins all the time.

    Can they be forced to move them for her? This condo building also houses a huge coffee shop (full of young stupid college students) as well as several PT offices and a beauty salon. You would think that some of the other clients would have complained by now.

    They took away the only handicap stall in the secure parking and sold it for 15K to someone who wanted it.

    It really irks me just for my mom and I am totally sympathize with your frustration.


  4. Katja (Post author)

    In situations like your mom’s, enforcement is very difficult. There are a slew of regulations – your mom’s condo is probably covered under the Fair Housing act rather than ADA, and unfortunately the FHA is very weak on accessibility.

    But there should be handicapped parking spaces in the ratio dictated by the ADA (here’s a chart: Required Minimum Number of Accessible Spaces that may or may not be applicable depending on the age of the building). The spaces should not be blocked by stuff like carts. I’m not sure what to tell you to do besides call the cops, call the cops, call the cops.

    You could try to find a CIL (Center for Independent Living) or talk to the King County Office of Civil Rights (DISABILITY ACCESS RESOURCES FOR HOUSING PROVIDERS), where they might be able to accomplish something from a code enforcement point of view.

    Good luck!


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