Not all handicap accessible parking spaces are the same. The spaces with the striped lines directly next to a standard handicap accessible parking spot are typically marked with an “Accessible Vans” sign. These spots are wider than the standard handicap parking spaces, which are often used by people with disabilities that are not driving wheelchair accessible vehicles. The extra space allows for a wheelchair vehicle ramp to deploy from the van or SUV, or for people that need extra space to access and transfer to their wheelchair.
It is a common misconception that all handicap accessible parking spaces are for people who “physically need them” – i.e., appear to the naked eye to need the spaces. In fact, there are a wide variety of “hidden disabilities” that many people do not realize merit use of handicap accessible parking spaces. Even if there is no visible sign of a disability or need for a mobility device, it does not necessarily mean that someone is misusing a parking space.
This is both true and false. It is true that disabled license plates cannot be transferred between vehicles, just like any other license plate. However, the handicap placards that hang from the rearview mirror can be used in any vehicle that the person who is issued the placard is currently riding. The person does not have to be driving the vehicle for the use of the placard to be used legally.
Now, with that said, it is prohibited to let other individuals use a placard that is not issued to them. Placards are allotted to a single person, and misuse can have major consequences. Stiffer penalties are now being imposed across the country, and many states are taking a closer look at monitoring methods for proper use, to ensure accessibility to all.
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