Why Give Handicapped Parkers Free Parking?

Friday, September 27, 2013

Re: Some Seemingly Able-Bodied People Park All Day Long Downtown On Handicapped Placards:

Until handicapped parkers are charged the same as “able-bodied” parkers, this problem will exist.

Why do handicapped parkers get meter exemption anyway? 

Tennessee Statute, T.C.A. 55-21-105(a) states: "No state agency, county, city, town or other municipality or any agency thereof shall exact any fee for parking on any street or highway or in any metered parking space. The parking privileges granted by this section are limited to any disabled driver or disabled passenger to whom the distinctive license plates or placards were issued."

Speaking  to the example in the referenced article why doesn’t the State, specifically, the employer (Courthouse) provide services listed in section (b) of that same statute? (b)  (1) Any business, firm, or other person transacting business with the public from a permanent location shall provide specially marked parking spaces for the exclusive use of persons qualifying for the rights and privileges extended by this part.

Why must the employees of the state park anywhere other than a garage with handicapped spaces marked for those employees? 

Amber Greenwell



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