ADA Parking Signs

You see these signs everywhere and you know what these are for, yet even when these signs are pretty well known, not everyone adheres to what these signs tell them to do. In fact, some people often use these signs to their advantage and use the parking slots reserved for those who have disabilities instead of keeping these open. Some people even go so far as to put disability tags and stickers on their car to avoid getting towed or penalized, even when they are not really eligible to use such symbols.

When you see a parking slot that has this particular sign, which is easy enough to recognize with the wheelchair symbol on it (also known as the International Symbol of Access or ISA), you should always keep these available to those who need them, and that is the people who have disabilities. If you do not have the authority to park in these spots, and do not have the decals or the placards to show that your car is indeed carrying someone with a disability, then you should know not to park there.

Some people know that it is indeed illegal to park in these parking spaces, and are even brazen enough to do so and not leave even after someone points out their mistake. Some people even get mad at those who tell them about these spaces and who are allowed to use them. It can be pretty frustrating when you know people know these rules, but do not follow them nonetheless.

What you can actually do when you see violators using these parking slots, even when these parking signs show that these are for people with disabilities, is to report them. You can actually take down their license plate number and give these to the police and tell them about the parking violation. This will get them a ticket for such an offense, and may even discourage them from doing this act in the future.

Of course, when you do this, you have to be careful as well. When you see these violators, you need to make sure that they are indeed people without disabilities. This can be somewhat difficult to discern since some individuals who are deemed legally as persons with disabilities do not show such disabilities all the time. Take for example the person who suffers from chronic rheumatoid arthritis. Such an individual may seem normal most of the time, but when their ailment acts up, getting from their car to the door of the building near them can be such a challenge.

You can probably discern which vehicles are illegally parked in these special spaces by the absence of placards and decals. If a vehicle does not have one and is parked in a space with an ADA parking sign on it, there is a chance the person is illegally parked.

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