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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by paramoto View Post
    I agree with your points SCI, but the case in Florida and many other places is that too many times people seemingly healthy with no perceptible dissablity ride the cars, not even that many older people. Unless we assume that 95% of the dissabilities are hidden, and maybe 3 out of a hundred are wheelchair users, then the problem is that people are getting their hands on too many placcards, and most importantly, the authorities are not enforcing or even paying attention to the problem. The problem has to reach the media for something to happen. We want strict punishment to abusers, a strategy to catch them, make it easy for us to report them and some limited resources to follow up, their fines would go up substantially.

    It all starts with getting media attention, just like the VA did.
    What is most disturbing is that many of these healthy violators are friends and family members who "borrow" the placards. Some are stolen ones and others are counterfeit. It is easy to make them with computer printers.

    In larger cities, meter maids (now meter attendants) monitor parking meter violations and issue tickets. The same people could monitor HC parking spaces and issue tickets. The problems are that checking if people are entitled to the privilege often becomes confrontational and dangerous. Also, many, if not most, of the parking places are on private property and not under the jurisdiction of public enforcers.

    And try to get legislators to tighten up on approval of need by physicians - not a chance.

    Here in Columbia, SC I think Target has the best HC parking accommodations both in terms of numbers, size, and layout. No enforcement though. Our sheriff's dept. has a group of volunteer monitors but they are too limited in terms of numbers and access to private lots to make a significant difference.
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  2. #12
    I'd vote for a red placard and plate for wheelchair users. Perhaps such a card would denote a more urgent need for a designated handicapped parking place. Went to Walmart yesterday in my van with side lift. Got a handicapped spot, and adjacent to it was one of those larger sideways spots clearly marked VAN - there was a SUV in that spot, with a placard, and the shopper walked out of the store and drove away while I was closing up my van. Immediately after that while I'm still at my van, a pick-up truck, with a placard, pulls into the VAN spot, the guy got out and walked into the store.
    I'm sure these walkees needed their placard, but why park in the spot marked in huge letters, VAN?
    A red VAN placard might help wheelers.

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  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by triumph View Post
    I'd vote for a red placard and plate for wheelchair users. Perhaps such a card would denote a more urgent need for a designated handicapped parking place. Went to Walmart yesterday in my van with side lift. Got a handicapped spot, and adjacent to it was one of those larger sideways spots clearly marked VAN - there was a SUV in that spot, with a placard, and the shopper walked out of the store and drove away while I was closing up my van. Immediately after that while I'm still at my van, a pick-up truck, with a placard, pulls into the VAN spot, the guy got out and walked into the store.
    I'm sure these walkees needed their placard, but why park in the spot marked in huge letters, VAN?
    A red VAN placard might help wheelers.
    In California a red handicapped placard is used for those with temporary needs. They expire within months of issuance and are used by people who have knee, hip surgeries and injuries and more.

    All the best,
    GJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by gjnl View Post
    In California a red handicapped placard is used for those with temporary needs. They expire within months of issuance and are used by people who have knee, hip surgeries and injuries and more.

    All the best,
    GJ
    The red placard is a great idea, but I have to say I've lived in Ca. for 30+ years and I've never seen one. I know plenty of people issued a placard for knee and hip surgeries who are still using the placard years later. The state just seems to keep issuing them. I live in a 55+ community with 5,000+ residents, so I see a lot if hip and knee replacements. There needs to be more red placards issued.

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    My idea

    Quote Originally Posted by gjnl View Post
    In California a red handicapped placard is used for those with temporary needs. They expire within months of issuance and are used by people who have knee, hip surgeries and injuries and more.

    All the best,
    GJ
    I'm in Cali. My idea is to make 1/3 to 1/2 of all blue spots purple. The would be "mobility device assisted only" with a $2000 fine. If you did not have a wheelchair, walker or cane it would be illegal to park there and everybody would know.

    I used to go to a card club here locally and the handicapped spots are always taken. They aren't even close to the door but all these walkers, who are going to walk all over a large casino by the way, always take them. There are regular spots just as close but they take the blue spots because they can. I use a van. I just want a spot to put my ramp down and not have to pay to valet every time. I'm so sick of the abuse.

  7. #17
    That's not a bad idea to make it so you need a h/p plate on the vehicle and a hp placard hanging from the mirror, this would rule out the people who tried to use stolen or borrow placards or ones they made on a printer. I suspect those three things I mentioned represent a lot of taken h/p spots for the most part from what I've seen.
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  8. #18
    Here in Seattle at the UW hospitals Triangle parking garage there are 10-12 wheelchair only parking stalls. Almost always filled with regular cars. The last few times I went up there I found a Prius parked in stall so he could plug in!! I filed a complaint with the parking enforcement dude but doubted anything would happen, but when I left he had moved the Prius!

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