SWMBO and I go up to the "big city" to Menards today - plumbing, don't ask -
and since she's still in a chair from a broken tib/fib, we can use the blue
Though they're always empty when I don't have the mirror hanger, today
they're full. Goes without saying. Most even have a sticker, including a
Corvette in front of the exit door.
I'm trying to see what your point is. Handicapped (or whatever the PC term
is) shouldn't have Corvettes? Seriously, I don't understand, besides a bit
of venting about all the handicap spots being filled.
Up here in Canada, the number of handicap stickers in use has tripled in the
last 10 years or so. Doctors seem willing to sign for almost anyone. As an
example, an acquaintance of mine had arthroscopic knee surgery, and ended up
getting a sticker for 6 months. Couldn't understand that one, myself. But
he was quite proud of himself.
Just because the handicap is not blatently apparent does not mean that it
is not truly a handicap!
It has always been my belief that someone who uses a "handicapped spot" and
isn't qualified by reason of not being truly hadicapped has the worst
handicap of all_____"lack of compassion for their fellow man"!
And why should you need them anymore? Disabled parking tags (in Canada a
least) are assigned to the person that has the disability. You can use a tag
if and when you're transporting a disabled person around, but not any other
time, even if the vehicle belongs to a disabled person.
Yes, but . . . . . That point is just plain flat WRONG. Getting in and
out of a car is far different that walking when you have a heart problem of
COPD and the humidity is 99%. My MIL was agile enough to get in and out of
any car, but her lung cancer would not allow her to walk more than 50 feet.
No, the OP was just a narrow minded individual uneducated in the problems
others have in their daily lives. I hope he remains healthy.
On 7/3/2005 11:33 AM Leon mumbled something about the following:
Seem out of place for what? Is my motorcycle out of place for being in
a handicapped spot? A Hummer? A Lotus Elan? Those of us who are
handicapped in whatever capacity should still be allowed to own the
vehicles we wish to own.
Out of place for the perceived activity required to get in and out of such a
vehicle. I am handicapped also but would not expect a special parking
permit because half my thumb is missing. Seem to me that many of the
vehicles require more effort to get into and out of than walking a little
farther like the rest of us.
And, I don't think you should be limited to driving any particular vehicle
but if you have the flexibility to get into and out of some of the tougher
vehicles the walk up to the store should not bother you either in most
IMHO the spaces should be reserved to those that really do have a hard time
A lot of them are out of place. I've got a sister who is really and
truly handicapped, so my parents have the plates on all their
vehicles. She can only ride in the van, but my mother still uses the
handicapped spots in her Taurus, without a handicapped person in sight
just because she has the plates.
Had a few good yelling matches with her over that one, but some people
just will never learn.
That's different from up here in Canada. Parking permits for the disabled
are assigned to the person, not the vehicle. I can use the permit when I'm
travelling around as a passenger with someone who is able bodied or when I'm
driving a vehicle with hand controls.
Here it CT, you get the permit as an individual. Only then can you apply for
plates for the car. Both our cars are in both our names so I'm not going
to do that but I'm not going to do that even if I can. . The placard is
signed by my wife so if I was to be challenged because I used it, there
would be a hefty fine. I can walk pretty far to avoid spending $200+
There are strict rules on how to qualify, but I'm sure there are abuses if a
doctor will sign off. There are temporary tags for injuries that will heal
such as the broken leg. .
I think the way she got it is by being the legal guardian- my sister
cannot speak or move any part of her body except her right arm, couple
that with an estimated mental capacity of a two-year old child, and
it's pretty clear that someone else needs to fill out the form and
sign it. Not sure if it's *legal* or not, I just know it isn't right.
It's not different in concept, only (perhaps) in implementation. Every
state in the US of which I am aware does essentially the same thing--a
handicapped individual has to apply and get an affidavit signed by
licensed physician stating the handicap and whether it is permanent. If
permanent, then a permanent handicap license plate will be issued for a
vehicle of choice, but it is still only valid to be used in the handicap
zone when the individual for which it was issued is either a passenger
or the driver, even though the tag is affixed to the vehicle. Abuse by
others of the privilege is punishable by pretty hefty fines. Most, if
not all, states will also issue at the same time one or more non-fixed
permits which may be placed in the vehicle so the same individual may be
a passenger or operator of another vehicle if necessary. Again, same
rule applies--others using the permit are not legal and subject to
fine/towing. Again, most if not all states will honor other states
temporary permits on out of state vehicles and many will for in-state
(MIL is visiting from Left Coast, for example, she can bring her hanging
permit w/ her rather than go get a local temporary)...
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