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Old 03-17-2019, 07:29 AM
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sitting in an outlet mall parking lot with the dogs while my wife ran inside to get something. I am parked next to five handicap spots and couldnít help to notice none of the people that parked had any noticeable disability or appear to have trouble walking. My mom and dad have a placard but have great difficulty walking especially my mom with a walker.

What is is the standard these days? It seems the spots fill quickly and maybe those really needing the access are denied a space.
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Old 03-17-2019, 07:39 AM
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No doubt some of those people could easily walk further but you have no way of knowing what medical conditions people may have even though they are not readily apparent.
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what bothers me is in a vacant lot say early in the day someone will come in and park in the HC space when there are lots of regular spaces on both sides and just as close to the entrance. I dont do that and I have a hc sticker
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Old 03-17-2019, 07:44 AM
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My father is 88 and uses a walker. His use of a handicap space is obvious. A close friend had cystic fibrosis to the point he could barely breath and was awaiting a double lung transplant. He looked able bodied, but his use of a handicap placard was essential to get through a day.

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Old 03-17-2019, 07:46 AM
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No doubt some of those people could easily walk further but you have no way of knowing what medical conditions people may have even though they are not readily apparent.
And many, if not most of the people parking in those spots are the kids, grandkids, spouses, and friends of the person who actually needs the space. I once saw an airline captain park in one of the spots at the employee lot. I doubt you could pass a Class I physical and still qualify for a handicapped spot.
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Old 03-17-2019, 07:48 AM
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My father is 88 and uses a walker. His use of a handicap space is obvious. A close friend had cystic fibrosis to the point he could barely breath and was awaiting a double lung transplant. He looked able bodied, but his use of a handicap placard was essential to get through a day.

Be be careful passing judgement on appearance. There is often a lot you donít know.
"Be careful passing judgement?"

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Old 03-17-2019, 07:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Design59 View Post
My father is 88 and uses a walker. His use of a handicap space is obvious. A close friend had cystic fibrosis to the point he could barely breath and was awaiting a double lung transplant. He looked able bodied, but his use of a handicap placard was essential to get through a day.

Be be careful passing judgement on appearance. There is often a lot you donít know.
who passed judgement? Asking about standards? I get the breathing difficulties etc. my dad walks with a cane and is winded after 20í. Just got the heart TAVR procedure but it hasnít helped.
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In my area it seems anyone who survives to the age of 60 applies for one. They are horribly abused around here.

That said there are disabilities which are not visible, that can justify it.
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Old 03-17-2019, 08:10 AM
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It's my understanding that all you need is a note from the doctor, maybe a form filled out for a permanent deal.

I do not think there is a list of "qualifications"
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Disability Placards

Placards may be issued to a person with a disability that limits or impairs the ability to walk or to an organization that provides transportation for a person/people with a disability that limits or impairs the ability to walk. Registrants must complete an Application for Disability Placards (form BMV 4826). The application must be accompanied by a prescription from a health care provider. The prescription must contain:
  • Date
  • Name of the person with the disability
  • Statement that the prescription is for a disability placard
  • Expected duration of the disabling condition
  • Health care provider’s signature
If the disabling condition is less than six months, a temporary placard will be issued.

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allot of them are pure bullshit.
I know a Rikers Island prison guard who has a placard because he has the gout.
Has had the placard for over 6 years now, guess he's just too dumb to regulate his diet.
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My father crushed his anklle and had it fused back in place. If he went to Lowes he would have to sit down for a few minutes once he got in the store to ease the pain. Out of pride or maybe stubbornness he never once parked in a handicap spot. I think the thing that gets me the most is seeing jacked up four wheel drives and jeeps in handicap spaces
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south carolina hc plackard has your pix on it
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Old 03-17-2019, 08:37 AM
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I use it.....and have no visible handicaps......but I still have not fully recovery from my spring operations. Generally speaking, I can walk into the store but then most of the time the wheels fall off and I'm looking for places to sit down. Walking the aisles often times has my legs from the knees down so cramped up and sore I feel like I'm a 150 years old. Any store that has the motorized carts I will use them and yet to most it doesn't look like I should be on one.
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Handicap placards are a two part system. The placard, and the card with the disabled persons info. Both must be in possession to park in a spot..So what really is needed is officers checking those parked in spots to make sure they have the card, and person with them...My daughter is handicaped and the main reason we park in them is to be able to work on her if needed. Outside looking in we may look as any other family, but I can assure thatís far from be truth.
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Obvious disabilities related to walking are fairly easy to spot. It's the folks lacking the obvious that make some question having a disability at all. I've learned to ignore those folks at risk of being "insensitive." But, there are some abusers whom take advantage of the placard. I was taken aback one by someone who knows better, who used his wife's placard to pull into a HC spot when no other spaces were available. When I recently had a knee replacement and was using a walker and cane over a two-week period, I (gasp) parked in HC spaces without a placard, although my temporary disability was very obvious. One day I even used the electric wheelchair thingie in the Publix. Note to potential users, it's a PITA to reach highly placed items from the chair, and everyone should avoid complaining about folks in the chairs blocking the aisles or slowing things up.
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What also needs to be regulated is people parking or putting shopping carts in the hash marked areas. The are for vehicles that need the room for a lift or the space to transfer to and from a wheelchair.
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Originally Posted by CORALREEFER View Post
My father crushed his anklle and had it fused back in place. If he went to Lowes he would have to sit down for a few minutes once he got in the store to ease the pain. Out of pride or maybe stubbornness he never once parked in a handicap spot. I think the thing that gets me the most is seeing jacked up four wheel drives and jeeps in handicap spaces
There is a member here who bragged about his wife who has a handicap placard drives a lifted truck.

I have destroyed my left ankle a few times, and been in a boot for months. I would never use a placard, temporary or non. In my mind, no matter what I am dealing with, there is always going to be someone who can use that spot more than me.
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Like everything in life their is abuse of handicap parking by people who are not disabled but are in possession of the placard, not right but that's life.
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Old 03-17-2019, 09:40 AM
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Originally Posted by edwardh1 View Post
south carolina hc plackard has your pix on it
what if you have a elderly parent with a Walker that can barely make it to.the front door of a store to hop in a scooter. Namely me and my mom. Would I apply or her. She doesn't have a drivers license anymore so I haul her around.
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