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Sound Off: Handicapped parking

Is the same vehicle — which has the proper handicapped license or placard — allowed to continuously park downtown in handicapped parking spots that have a lot of turnover?

Megan Gilliland, the city’s communications manager, provided this answer: As long as the vehicle is moved every 24 hours, there is no violation. According to city law, “a vehicle which bears a special license plate or placard pursuant to KSA 8-1,125, and is being operated by or used for the transportation of a person with a disability, may park in any parking space reserved for such vehicle, and can park for a period of time not to exceed 24 hours in any parking zone which is restricted as to the length of parking time permitted.”

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jman785 1 year, 2 months ago

I am just curious why the handicapped spots are not metered. I 100% agree that they are there to provide a special spot with a ramp to the sidewalk. I do NOT agree that the parking should then be free for someone to do their shopping when the spot next to them has to keep coming back dumping more change into the meters. What about the rear parking lots with a 2hr parking time limit? Do the handicapped spots in those areas have to follow the same rules as apply to the other spots, or is it the 24hr rule as on mass street? Just curious...

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 2 months ago

People are entitled to a handicap placard if they are responsible for transporting a such person such as a slow moving senior citizen which may require verification from the doctor.

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Thomas Bryce 1 year, 2 months ago

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Thomas Bryce 1 year, 2 months ago

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JackMcKee 1 year, 2 months ago

90% of the people I see using handicap spots have absolutely nothing wrong with them.

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Ken Schmidt 1 year, 2 months ago

For those upset with this person being parked in the same spot for long periods of time--please remember that there are loft and apartment spaces along Mass street. Having a handicapped placard generally designates that one has a movement/locomotion hinderance (whether temporary or permanant). I would hate for someone to ask me to park much further away simply because I am handicapped and live downtown. If your argument is don't live downtown, then I must ask, are you willing to segregate downtown living spaces according to a person's physical abilities? If you are willing to have that discussion, please respond.

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Benjamin Roberts 1 year, 2 months ago

Statute 8-1,126: Parking privileges for persons with disability. When a motor vehicle which bears a special license plate or placard issued pursuant to K.S.A. 8-1,125, and amendments thereto, is being operated by or used for the transportation of a person with a disability, such motor vehicle:

  (a)   May be parked in any parking space, whether on public or private property, which is clearly marked as being reserved for the use of persons with a disability or persons responsible for the transportation of a person with a disability, except a parking space on private property which is clearly marked as being reserved for the use of a specified person with a disability;

  (b)   may be parked for a period of time not to exceed 24 hours in any parking zone which is restricted as to the length of parking time permitted, except where stopping, standing or parking is prohibited to all vehicles, where parking is reserved for special types of vehicles or where parking would clearly present a traffic hazard; and

  (c)   shall be exempt from any parking meter fees of the state or any city, county or other political subdivision.
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BorderRat 1 year, 2 months ago

Do the handicap spots on downtown have meters? Don't know if I missed it last time I was back, but I remember seeing the signs but no meters.

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50YearResident 1 year, 2 months ago

The way I read this question is: Is it abusing the handicap parking permit for a vehicle to be parked on Mass St in the same handicap slot for all day, day after day?

My answer would be: YES

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Richard07 1 year, 2 months ago

You're splitting hairs, did-i-say-that. Obviously the blogger meant in an area where rapid and contiuous turnover of parking spots is the norm is parking for extended periods of time permitted in handicap spots. Sheeesh.

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Benjamin Roberts 1 year, 2 months ago

"...continuously park downtown in handicapped parking spots that have a lot of turnover?"

There can't be much turnover if the same vehicle is continuously parked in the spot.

What you meant to ask was, "That's my spot. Can you make them move?"

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