Breda, the Netherlands (The Guardian): On average, the cost of living for disabled people is £583 a month higher than for their non-disabled peers, a substantial amount of which goes towards paying for taxi journeys to mitigate inaccessible public transport options. Travelling is even costlier: disabled people often have to stay in more expensive accessible hotels when hostels and independent bed and breakfasts are not a viable, barrier-free option. Add in the cost of damaged equipment and medical bills from injury, and the feelings of fear and isolation that lack of access creates, and you have a recipe for cities that feel difficult and anxiety-inducing. But in the Dutch city of Breda–recent winner of the 2019 Access City Award–every effort has been made to improve accessibility for citizens with disabilities.
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) –Everyone pretty much knows you shouldn’t park in a disabled parking spot unless you have a valid disabled parking placard. However, with little disregard for the law, drivers do it every day.
What many drivers may not be aware of, are disabled access ramps or disabled hash marks.
Disabled hash marks are always right next to the disabled parking spot, and can be painted yellow of blue. Drivers are never permitted to park in or around the disabled access ramps. Not even for a few seconds.
BOSTON, Mass. (WFXT): Parking in Boston isn’t getting easier, but one city councilor says make everyone pay for meter spots may be a solution, including those using handicap placards.
When you open the city’s parking app to pay for the meter, should handicap spots be treated the same as others?
“My mother has one and she needs it,” said Boston resident Philip Pacino. Pacino says it’s easy to see how people abuse handicap placards.
Boston city councilor Michael Flaherty says handicap placard abuse affects drivers like Pacino when people misuse the placards and he says because they don’t pay for the spaces.”Any updates on the handicap parking fraud and abuse that permeates the city On a day to day basis to the tune of hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions every year?” Flaherty asked the Boston Transportation Department Tuesday night.
“I think we really need to step up to the plate, require everybody to pay the meter And that eliminates the fraud and the abuse,” Flaherty said.
Drivers told Boston 25 News something needs to change to ease the parking pain.
Sarah Dwyer fees there may be merit to Flaherty’s idea.
“I think it’s fair that they would have to pay like everyone else,” said Dwyer.
Los Angeles, Calif. (Los Angeles Times) – Disabled parking is in a protracted crisis in California, one that has thrust Los Angeles into an unlikely fight for reform. But while everyone knows there’s a problem, few agree on the cause, and fewer still on what should be done about it.
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PHOENIX (CBS 5) – Disabled parking placards are issued to drivers or their caretakers so they don’t have to travel far when they go from place to place.
Unfortunately, some people have been abusing this privilege and are using the placard fraudulently.
Stanley Roberts went out with the Accessibility Compliance Enforcement Division of the Phoenix Police Department looking for people misusing disabled placards.
In some cases, people have altered the date on temporary placards.
If caught, the person could be issued a $564 fine. If a driver parked in a disabled spot with an expired or no placard at all, that comes with a $290 fine.
This is part one of a three-part series on disabled placard abuse.
OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) – On a brisk morning before the sun rises in Oakland, a group of investigators with the California Department of Motor Vehicles set their sights on disabled parking spaces and placards, hoping to send a message that misuse and abuse of the placards is not only against the law, but prevents those with actual disabilities from getting a close place to park.
Former boxing champion and Cranston resident Gary “Tiger” Balletto is fighting a new opponent these days: ignorance.
In a photo posted to his Facebook page that has gone viral, Balletto shows a Jeep that was parked in the painted line area next to a handicapped spot, where he was parked, inside the garage at the Providence Place Mall Sunday.
“I think a lot of people are not totally aware of that’s what the lines are there for,” Balletto told NBC 10 News Monday evening. “It’s equivalent to a handicapped parking space. It’s the same thing.”
You might be in a hurry this holiday season but if you park in a handicapped parking spot and you’re not disabled you could face a stiff fine.
“Unfortunately this is the time of year where people abuse it the most. Black Friday they want to go in get those sales rush in.” Travis County Constable of Precinct 5 Carlos Lopez says even if parking is hard to come by on Black Friday and during the Christmas shopping season, that’s no reason to park in a handicapped space.