Valid handicapped space must have vertical sign

The in basket: Becky Argyle has a question about handicapped parking in front of a new Subway sandwich shop on Werner Road, across from the Bremerton car dealerships.

There are two handicapped parking pavement markings in front of the store, but one has a white line running through it, giving the appearance of two parking spots were it not for the painted image on the asphalt.

“I would guess they took a handicapped space and converted it into two parking spots and never painted it correctly,” she said.

“if there is any marking of a handicapped space in the parking space, is it illegal to park there if you do not have a tag, even if it appears that its not a real marked spot?” Becky asked.  “I always hesitate to park there, but there is hardly any parking along their building.”

The out basket: Becky’s guess is correct. To be a valid handicapped space, it must be marked with a vertical sign in front of it, either on a wall or post.. There is no such sign on the space with the line painted through it.

There is a valid handicapped space several feet to the right, which has the pavement marking AND the vertical sign. You can’t legally park there without a handicapped plate or placard.

Deputy Sheriff Scot Wilson said it appears the building owners are just waiting for the wheelchair logo on the pavement of the first space to wear away in time. The KCSO Citizens on Patrol volunteers, who patrol and cite for improper use of handicapped spaces won’t cite for parking in the Subway space without the vertical sign.

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