Chair Accessible Parking & Special Needs Parking

Chair Accessible Parking & Special Needs Parking

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Angela Bossone started this petition to Department of Justice

I would like to have 2 parking symbols for handicapped parking.  The Blue Chair Symbol on the placard for those who need accessible parking.  The extra 96 inches for wheelchairs & scooters with curb cuts and shortest distance to safety. A Red Heart Symbol placard for those who walk but have walkers, canes, had surgery, mentally challenged,  all other reasons they give out handicapped parking signs.

There should be a federal minimum standard amount for each sign. Less for the chair symbol and more for the heart. With each city being allowed to increase the number  of spaces for that city. The fines should be higher for those breaking either space. A chair will rarely park in a regular space without taking up 2 spaces they usually do not fit. However, you will see a car parked in a Van Accessible Space all the time and the person walking.   

Each Placard renewal should be different depending on the disability. With a maximum of 4 years for the blue & 2 years for the red. 

The reason for this petition is simple. Safety! I have been almost hit by people backing out of spaces and not seeing the chair, I do not have brakes on my manual chair. I cannot find parking that has an accessible route & close to the door in the winter. Cars get stuck in the snow. Wheelchairs get stuck in the slush and snow also. There are people who abuse the special placard cards all the time but nothing is done to correct it. By having 2 separate symbols it will make people aware of who is breaking the rules.  This petition may not make any changes. I understand that.  However, more people are now aware of the problem people who use chairs have daily.  Maybe just maybe you will see less abuse of a parking space that is NOT a privilege to have. Maybe you will see less elderly people sitting in a passenger seat freezing while the young shopper is in the store. Maybe you will see less people in the driver seat waiting on someone, when they can wait anywhere else.  There is so much misuse but no one is doing anything about it. Thank you for reading this and sharing it. If nothing else you are now aware. 

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