Clearing up Questions on Disabled Parking

The in basket: Two readers have spotted what they think are deviations from the rules when it comes to disabled parking.
Pete Demerick said he sees cars on the road with the
disabled placard on the rear view mirror despite instructions on the
placard to remove it to drive and wonders if that is illegal.
And William T. Paxson asked about a sign on a handicapped parking space at the
Olive Garden restaurant in Silverdale that indicated that the space
was for “vans only.”


The in basket: Two readers have spotted what they think are deviations from the rules when it comes to disabled parking.
Pete Demerick said he sees cars on the road with the
disabled placard on the rear view mirror despite instructions on the
placard to remove it to drive and wonders if that is illegal.
And William T. Paxson asked about a sign on a handicapped parking space at the
Olive Garden restaurant in Silverdale that indicated that the space
was for “vans only.”
“I have seen handicapped parking spaces in Washington
restricted as to time limits, but this is the first time I have seen
one restricted from handicapped drivers without vans,” he said. “I have been at the restaurant when I have seen handicapped drivers in automobiles searching for a space, often in the hinterlands, while
this space remains unoccupied
“Why does the State of Washington permit this restriction of a
restriction?”
The out basket: Kitsap County Sheriff’s Deputy Pete Ball, who heads the volunteers who issue citations for illegal parking in disabled spaces, had a quick answer to both.
“The placard does have instructions on it that says to remove the
placard from the rear view mirror prior to driving,” Pete said. “This is a safety
recommendation so that vision is not obstructed. It is not required
that it be removed any more than other “decorations” that people hang
from the mirror.”
The sign at the Olive Garden and one like it at Red Lobster were another matter.
“Signs in a handicapped spot indicating ‘van only’. (are) not allowed by law,” said Pete. “They should read ‘Van Accessible’
(and therefore would be available for anyone with the parking privilege
to use). The managers at each restaurant have been contacted and they
will get the signs corrected in the very near future.”

2 thoughts on “Clearing up Questions on Disabled Parking

  1. In reference to signage, I saw a sign at a mall that read something like (Reserved Parking for vehicles with Veterans disabled, state disabled card or disabled plates this stall.)
    Are veterans with 100% disability plates authorized to park in a handicap parking place? If not they should be.

  2. In South Dakota hanging items off your rear view mirror is illegal. We had an item made by one of our kids in school hanging on the mirror. My wife was pulled over and given a warning (our car was also searched). According to people I know living there the State Patrol is looking for drug smuggling, especially vehicles with Washington State plates.

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