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A potential amendment to your idea would be having a couple different categories of placards, with different color schemes.

One, the main Blue with the White symbol, for those with obvious visible disability (Wheelchair, crutches, etc.)

Another, a White with a Blue symbol, for those with non-visible disability. Those with breathing issues, or heart problems, or other issues, unable to walk long distances without having difficulty. These would be required to have paperwork accompanying the placard to present to law enforcement officers upon request for verification. (This should keep most busybodies from assuming someone is cheating) Said paperwork should not list the actual medical reason, but should have the person's name and doctor's info for verification.

Oct. 16, 2015

How easy is it for somebody with a disability (with or without a wheel chair) to get out of the garage and across the city blocks to your office building? Would you suggest the city set up some sort of valet service for handicapped spaces? Perhaps a shuttle from parking garages to the office buildings? I am not being harsh. I am asking the questions seriously. You raise a serious issue. What is the solution?

But, maybe I also am kind of sort of being harsh. I had what I view as the good fortune of needing the placard for 13 long months after a bad automobile accident. Getting from the curb to the building took planning and the same amount energy that my morning hour and a half run used to take me (and takes me now). Now with every step I take, on my run or in my day, I can't help but remember how extremely lucky I am to be able to park blocks away from where I need to go and only suffer the inconvenience of the time it takes to walk the remaining distance.

Remember, it can all change in an instant. You might need those spots one day. Would you trade 150 bucks a month to be that person now?

Oct. 18, 2015

If your elderly dad has a real problem, please get him a placard. Age brings about mobility disabilities (simple muscle weakness being one of them), and, from your comment, it sounds like your father has developed problems that may have risen to the level of a disability. Check out the DMV website and talk to his doctors. If your father's range of choices of where he can go is limited by a mobility disability, it will impact his (and your) emotional health.

Oct. 18, 2015

Perhaps, as you believe, your friend was abusing the placard. However, it could be possible that he needed to park by the door and was joking about it so that you didn't realize his disability was an issue.

Oct. 18, 2015

I respectfully disagree that there should be an app for people to report "placard abusers." Just because you cannot see the disability does not mean the healthy looking person getting out of the car is able to walk a long distance. A person struggling with cystic fibrosis, an auto-immune disease, a prosthetic device, balance issues, sight issues, even the difficult stages of treating cancer, are all just as disabled as a person whose disability is evident.

While a different colored placard for those with a non-visual disability would help keep others from judging, it really is nobody's business but the state (through proper issuance of placards and traffic enforcement) and the disabled person as to why he or she needs that placard.

The state should pay attention to the placards issued and ticket people parking in spaces without a placard. But, keep the regular person who does not have any idea what the situation the person with the placard is dealing with out of it. They don't have the background to accurately assess the situation, and really, it is none of their business.

Oct. 18, 2015
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