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Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 06/18/2010

Alexandria to end free parking for disabled

By Washington Post editors

Disabled drivers will no longer be able to park at metered spots in Alexandria without paying, NBC 4 reports.

Beginning in September, the city will start charging them to pay at metered spaces.

Currently, drivers with a placard for the disabled could park at meters free of charge. But the city says it can no longer afford to do so.

By Washington Post editors  | June 18, 2010; 11:06 AM ET
Categories:  Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  | Tags:  Alexandria, disabled, parking  
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Wasn't it discriminatory to have non-disabled people pay when disabled people didn't?

What the hell?

Posted by: kenk3 | June 18, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I agree with kenk3. And, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ensures equal access, not special treatment. Not paying to park = special treatment.

Posted by: DecafDrinker | June 18, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

As a disabled person, I have no issue with paying for parking. The only issue I have is can a wheelchair user (and some others with mobility impairments) physically get to the meters to feed them?

Posted by: ceebee2 | June 18, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

@kenk3
God, people like you make me sick. No, its not discriminatory to make non-disabled people pay for parking. It's an accommodation. Just like students with disabilities have more time to complete tests. I bet you can't stand seeing infants and toddlers ride the bus/train for free, huh?

Posted by: mmurphy6 | June 18, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why disabled shouldn't pay for parking. Doesn't make sense.

Posted by: FiatBooks | June 18, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

How is a subsidy an accomodation? It's got nothing to do with making things easier for the disabled. Noone has an issue with handicapped access or special accomodations.

Chill out.

Posted by: krickey7 | June 18, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Folks with disabilities are poorer on average than non-disabled folks. Free parking is a reasonable accommodation to make - the noise over this being discriminatory is misguided.

Posted by: weiwentg | June 18, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Here's why people with mobility disabilities should be able to park free for 2-4 hours:

1. It takes people in wheelchairs, wearing artifical legs, or using crutches MUCH LONGER to negotiate the distance from parking space to store or office destination. Certainly, if parking is limited to one hour, some disabled people would have to turn around and start makint their way back to their vehicle to feed the meter as soon as entering their destination. It takes some people 15-20 minutes to make it from car to building.

2. It is often very painful, particularly for those wearing artificial legs, to walk. Similarly, I can imagine it might be exhausting for someone on crutches. Limited extended free parking saves them from having to make multiple PAINFUL trips back to the meter.

One more point: the WRC report indicates this is motivated by fraudulent use of handicapped parking placards. So crack down on THAT problem rather than penalize the disabled.

Here's how you can crack down. 1. Eliminate placards and require use of handicapped license plates--this will deter cheaters who now keep a placard in their glove compartment until ready to park because they know their neighbors will report them if they frudulently display HC plates all the time.

2. Use a handicapped parking place/permit illegally? LOSS OF DRIVING LICENSE for two years. End problem.

3. Doctors who certify HC parking eligibility without strictly limited medical reason should face a 60 day suspension of their medical license. Second offense: one year. Third offense: forfeiture of medical license. End problem.

4. Limit HC parking privileges/permits to the DRIVER of the car not a transport provider.


I am amazed at the ignorance and insensitivity displayed in this thread. Educate yourselves.

Posted by: smartheart | June 19, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

@smartheart,

What about non-drivers like me? I use a placard, and make sure it's NOT displayed when I'm not with the driver. It's no easier for passengers to schlep long distances than for drivers to do so.

That said, I agree that abuse is endemic, and cracking down on "just here a minute" parkers (and disabled people who let a spouse or partner or random friend use the placard WITHOUT their presence should lose their placards).

Posted by: amethystmenace | June 21, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

@smartheart,

What about non-drivers like me? I use a placard, and make sure it's NOT displayed when I'm not with the driver. It's no easier for passengers to schlep long distances than for drivers to do so.

That said, I agree that abuse is endemic, and cracking down on "just here a minute" parkers (and revoking permits of disabled people who let a spouse or partner or random friend use the placard WITHOUT their presence) is a more sane approach than requiring meter feeding by people not equipped to do so.

Posted by: amethystmenace | June 21, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Amethyst, perhaps your non-disabled driver providing you transport can drop you off directly at your destination and then go find regular parking a block or two away....then go retieve the car when your event is completed.

The hang tag placards must go. Too much abuse by nondisabled drivers.

But expanded parking rights for the disabled with disabled license plates are in order.

Posted by: smartheart | June 22, 2010 2:18 AM | Report abuse

Amethyst, perhaps your non-disabled driver providing you transport can drop you off directly at your destination and then go find regular parking a block or two away....then go retieve the car when your event is completed.

The hang tag placards must go. Too much abuse by nondisabled drivers.

But expanded parking rights for the disabled with disabled license plates are in order.

Posted by: smartheart | June 22, 2010 2:19 AM | Report abuse

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