Tips for Disabled Vehicle Parking


Bob Lundin

If you operate a disabled vehicle, there are parking laws that will work in your favor and simplify the process of parking. Laws concerning parking handicap vehicles will depend on the state that you reside in. In addition to these parking tips, be sure to check into local disabled parking laws to ensure that you are parking your vehicle correctly and are able to benefit from laws designed to assist disabled individuals.

Your first step should be to find out if you are eligible for a disabled parking placard. This placard will allow you to park in spots specifically designated for handicap individuals. Your medical condition or the medical condition of a loved one who is a passenger of the vehicle must meet the legal definition of disability in order to qualify. The following medical conditions will allow you to legally acquire a disabled parking placard:


Medical problems that significantly impair an individuals mobility. Examples of conditions that substantially limit the ability to move around include paralysis, arthritis, cardiac deficiency, foot disorders, respiratory disease, or other conditions that cause an individual to require the use of a wheelchair or other mobility device.

Substantial visual impairment. This includes individuals with a vision of 20/200 or less (in the eye with the better visual acuity) when using corrective eyewear. Individuals with vision of 20/200 or more but who have significant limited field of vision may also qualify.

In order to gain approval for a placard for your disabled vehicle, you will need to get a placard application from your local county tax office. Your doctor will then need to fill in the appropriate section on the application in order to confirm your disability. You will then complete all other sections of the application and submit it to your local country tax office.

Keep in mind that you may receive a placard for your disabled vehicle that is different from others with disabilities. Blue placards are given to individuals with permanent disabilities. Red placards are given to individuals with temporary disabilities. Disabled veterans receive an entirely different type of placard that allows them to park in any type of disabled parking space. If you have a blue placard, you will also be able to park your disabled vehicle in any space. Red placard holders can park their vehicles in disabled parking spaces unless the space is marked with a sign stating blue placard parking only.

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