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    #16
    Not sure if one is posting in hopes of improving accessible parking but its just not going to happen because they can clean up the outdated placards but you still have knucklehead people that use accessible parking for convenience and comfort vs need.

    You just cant fix stupid.

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      #17
      Originally posted by Oddity View Post
      Same here in VA. I love the free parking. I can see the incentive it creates for abuse. I?m less worried about assholes than I am about my own well being though. Never been denied a spot in 12 years, except at the Urologist, where there prolly aren?t many fakers. Sometimes I elect to park elsewhere, but have never been forced to. Lucky? I guess. Wouldn?t want to trade free parking for the risk of a faker in MY spot .

      In VA We have 2 placards, temporaries and permanents. Permanents last 10 years and require a simple mailed in form to renew. Temps last 90 days and are non-renewable without doctors order. Permanents are not easy to get.
      What controls are in place in Virginia that make the permanent placards "not easy to get." In California, if a doctor is willing to sign the form for a permanent placard, the placard is issued by the state, no other questions asked. Doctors don't want to irritate their patients and aren't too picky about signing the forms. I know of a case of a woman with an injury to her arm, and her doctor signed the form for a temporary placard. While the injury was severe, it in no way limited her mobility and ability to ambulate.

      Doctors need to be educated about the use of handicapped parking and take a strong stand when someone requests a permanent placard because they are just old or overweight.

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        #18
        Originally posted by wes4dbt View Post
        Doesn't your state have disabled license plates?? That would solve your problem. I rarely use my placard, I do have a second car but I've always made sure to have my DP plate on the car I use for work/business.

        btw - Has it help the parking situation??
        Indeed they do have disabled license plates, and I have no good excuse for not having one... really it's just pride. I feel like getting a disabled license plate would label me as a cripple (as if being crippled doesn't already do that), plus I refuse to pay the extra $20 for the disabled license plate because I'm principled in an incredibly lazy type of way. Not sure what you mean by "has it help the parking situation??". I live in the south... parking is never a problem and getting my picture on the permit doesn't seem to have changed that either way. I still see just as many clearly able bodied people skipping their way into walmart from the handicapped parking area, tho. I have to admit it's only been a few years (maybe 4 or 5?) that they've been requiring pictures on the hang tags.

        Originally posted by NW-Will View Post
        Which state are you in that puts photo's on the placard ?

        Enforcement would have to be standing by your car while you go in or out to do the identity check!
        I'd rather not say which state I hail from, but suffice to say it's more than just Oddity's VA that has photos on their placards, and I suspect more are working on it. I agree with you it's practically pointless. If you want to use your dead grandmother's placard just glance around real quick for a cop before you hang that bitch and then glance around again before you return to your car... not sure what problem it is solving.

        Originally posted by Oddity View Post
        Same here in VA. I love the free parking. I can see the incentive it creates for abuse. I?m less worried about assholes than I am about my own well being though. Never been denied a spot in 12 years, except at the Urologist, where there prolly aren?t many fakers. Sometimes I elect to park elsewhere, but have never been forced to. Lucky? I guess. Wouldn?t want to trade free parking for the risk of a faker in MY spot .

        In VA We have 2 placards, temporaries and permanents. Permanents last 10 years and require a simple mailed in form to renew. Temps last 90 days and are non-renewable without doctors order. Permanents are not easy to get.
        I love free parking as well, but I come from a city/state that didn't have free parking automatically just because you're crippled ass can't walk any more. And I think that's a good thing. You see when I need a spot, I need a goddamn spot, and if paying for it increases my chances of getting one where I can actually open my door, I'm all for it.

        If you've ever been to California, just look how many handicapped spots are available in LA/SF/San Diego at popular destinations... the answer is none, because somehow being a cripple means you park for free in CA, even if that "free" spot for you would cost an AB $3.50 an hour. Saving $25 a day on parking is a super huge incentive for some of the more unscrupulous of our able bodied brethren to "borrow" their dead great aunt's placard so that they can park for free and save a few hundred bucks a month. In my experience (admittedly only as a tourist in CA) enough of them take advantage of it that it makes it quite difficult to park for those of us that need a little extra room for the wheelchair.

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          #19
          Indeed they do have disabled license plates, and I have no good excuse for not having one... really it's just pride. I feel like getting a disabled license plate would label me as a cripple (as if being crippled doesn't already do that)
          Yeah, it took me 20yrs before I got my first plate. The main reason I did then was because a couple of times a got a ticket because I forgot to hang the damn thing up and going to traffic court is a pain in the ass. It's stupid the way our mind works, the other day I told my son I didn't want to go get the mail (I live in a condo complex and the mail boxes are quite a way away) because I didn't want to go through the hassle of putting my shoes on. He asked why I had to put my shoes on and I said because I'd look I a real cripple going to the mail box with just my socks on. He got a big laugh out of that, saying "Oh yeah no one will notice your crippled if you put your shoes on".

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            #20
            in ny i renew every 10 years and i have to physically go to my village office and show ID in order to get a new one. i originally had the doctor fill out a form from DMV and it had a choice of placard or plate. if you get a plate i am not sure you have to renew every 10 years or not and if you want the plate it costs an extra $40 bucks i think. we also have temp ones that i think last 3 months but they do not auto renew you have to take the form back to your doctor and he has to fill it out again.
            Last edited by Smashms; 29 Jan 2018, 7:06 AM.
            T6 Incomplete due to a Spinal cord infarction July 2009

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              #21
              Originally posted by wes4dbt View Post
              the other day I told my son I didn't want to go get the mail (I live in a condo complex and the mail boxes are quite a way away) because I didn't want to go through the hassle of putting my shoes on. He asked why I had to put my shoes on and I said because I'd look I a real cripple going to the mail box with just my socks on. He got a big laugh out of that, saying "Oh yeah no one will notice your crippled if you put your shoes on".
              Ha, I do the exact same thing. The garbage chute in my building is literally 30 feet from my front door, but I'd never go take the trash out without putting on my shoes. As if someone is going to think the pitiful thing about me rolling down the hall with a trash bag on my lap is the fact that I'm wearing socks.

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                #22
                San Diego DMV cracks down on abuse of handicap placards

                http://fox5sandiego.com/2018/03/22/d...icap-placards/

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