My wife is wheelchair bound, and we have a ramp van to accommodate her power wheelchair. We cannot park the van in a regular parking place, because the ramp comes out the side and it needs six or eight feet of clearance. That is the reason for the “access aisles” next to the handicapped parking places. There have been times when someone parked in the access aisle next to her van, and she had to wait until the ^&$^% came back before she could get into the van.
If there are no handicapped stalls available (because some moke is using his grandpa’s placard) we have been known to park out in the east forty, and use two stalls. Most people believe that the reason for handicapped parking places is so people don’t have to walk so far, and that is part of the reason, especially for heart and COPD patients, but there is more reason for them than that; it’s so there is ANYWHERE to park.
And I agree fully with what others have said about
the pregnant parking stalls; pregnancy is a choice, not a disability. For a while, the supermarket we use was using the access aisles for pregnant stalls, until it was pointed out that State Law provided for a $450 per day fine for blocking an access aisle.
Post Edited (wodin) : 5/7/2012 12:03:00 PM (GMT-6)