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Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2013 4:30 am

To the Editor:

I need to get an answer about the parking spots for the “handicapped.”

I went to H-E-B with my friend. She was in a wheelchair and we were not able to find a handicap spot.

In all of H-E-B, she was the only one in a wheelchair and with a cane.

I know somebody whose husband passed away 25 years ago, and she still has the “handicap” sign.

When we got out of H-E-B,

a young person parked in one of the handicapped spots.

I asked him why he parked in the spot since there was nothing wrong with him.

He answered that it’s his dad’s car and he has that handicapped plate.

Now, is that legal or illegal?

Rosina Eauska


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  • mzfitz posted at 12:50 pm on Tue, May 7, 2013.

    mzfitz Posts: 19

    I 100% agree, if you are not the handicapped person do NOT park in the handicapped spot! (Unless of course the person who is handicapped is with you) It drives me bananas when I see this, I have DV plates on my truck, they are for my HUSBAND, not for me!
    Though there was a time when I was leaving the Austin airport and I was by myself, I stopped to pay the parking fee and the attendant refused to take my money, she was baffled that I wouldn't "take advantage of the free parking" I told her it's because I'm not the one who earned the plates.

  • barbie500 posted at 12:08 pm on Fri, Apr 19, 2013.

    barbie500 Posts: 162

    Unfortunately the people that are supposed to enforce the signs do not care even when they are called. And they need someone there checking to make sure they are the owner of the handicap sticker.

  • Eliza posted at 11:00 am on Sun, Apr 14, 2013.

    Eliza Posts: 1093

    Those with disabled parking placards and/or plates are:
    •Permitted to park in any spot designated for persons with disabilities.
    •Exempt from local and state government parking meters. State law does not allow you to exceed the meter limit, but cities may pass ordinances to extend your meter time.

    The placards and/or plates are ONLY valid when:
    •Being used by the person with the disability
    •Being used by someone who is driving the person with the disability.

    NOTE: It is a violation of state law to use the placard or plates for a disabled parking spot without the person with the disability in the vehicle.


    Disabled Veteran license plates feature "DV" as part of the license plate number. DV-designated plates provide the same parking rights and privileges as ones with the International Symbol of Access.

    CITY ORDINANCES: Texas cities may provide additional parking privileges, such as free parking at the airport. Check with your local city officials.

    Both items pertaining to Disabled plates/Texas
    On view at dmv.gov.

    The info I've read on the subject before, is that Texas business' are to have 10% of their parking space set aside for the disabled.

  • Eliza posted at 10:46 am on Sun, Apr 14, 2013.

    Eliza Posts: 1093

    What happens if a Placard is Misused?

    People who misuse disabled parking placards are subject to fines of up to $1,250 and/or up to 50 hours of community service.

    A law enforcement officer may seize a placard if the officer believes a parking offense has been committed. Confiscated placards are returned to TxDMV.

    The owner of the placard may request a hearing to explain the situation, after which we determine if the placard should be returned to the owner.

  • barbie500 posted at 10:01 am on Sun, Apr 14, 2013.

    barbie500 Posts: 162

    Not confusing at all, but those people that use these spots that aren't handicapped know they shouldn't use these spots and they don't care. And unfortunatly the people who are supposed to enforce it don't care either. So people that really need it have to park somewhere else.

  • Bubba posted at 8:46 am on Sun, Apr 14, 2013.

    Bubba Posts: 844

    Not confusing at all. The person authorized the parking privilege must be present. In the scenario described, the person was in violation of law and the police should have been summoned.

  • ray posted at 8:25 am on Sun, Apr 14, 2013.

    ray Posts: 21

    Yes it is not legal the handicaped person must be there