At some point in most people’s lives, we will all deal with a traffic ticket. Some of us will even get the ever-so-annoying parking ticket.
But what you might not realize is that as of late, parking tickets are getting a bit more common as many larger cities and communities are becoming more aggressive and purposeful with their parking rules and regulations. This is true even of handicapped space…and no, this isn’t about able-bodied people parking in handicapped spaces.
Recently, there seems to be an uptick in the number of handicapped parking tickets issued to handicapped drivers. While some of these may seem pretty flimsy, there are others that are so by-the-book and strict that they seem ridiculous.
For instance, the vehicle of a handicapped driver being just slightly over into a neighboring, able-bodied parking space will be ticketed. Also, there have been instances of where the driver parked, not allowing enough room for a ramp to extend and was then ticketed for the extended ramp crossing over into another space or a transfer zone.
Most handicapped parking spaces have a striped area outside of the parking space. This known as the “transfer zone” and is required under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
If so much as a single tire from a car crossed over into this zone within its own space, it could get ticketed. Some see these instances as a case of authority figures trying to not take special considerations for handicapped drivers.
Others, on the other hand, see it as an easy way to ticket people and meet quotas. Whatever the reason, one thing remains clear: whether you’re able-bodied or have a disability, watch where you park and make sure you know the local rules and keep a close eye out on all parking signs and regulations.