Most people think ‘disabled parking abuse’ only occurs when a vehicle parks without proper license plates or a disabled placard.

An equally important and common type of violation is “blocking”: when a vehicle — even one with proper plates or a placard — obstructs an architectural improvement designed to aid people with disabilities. These improvements include ramps, curb cuts and access pathways.

Below are a few examples of blocking violations. When in doubt, please report and we will let you know!

Wheelchair ramp zones

  • The protected zone between accessible parking spots is there for wheelchair ramps
  • Parking anywhere in this protected zone prevents people with disabilities from getting in and out of their vehicles
  • Even a small moped can prevent someone from accessing their vehicle
  • Any vehicle — even one with a proper plate or placard — parking in these protected zones should be reported

Protected pathways

  • The hashed marks between accessible parking and a building are there to protect individuals with disabilities from traffic flow
  • Often individuals in wheelchairs are not seen by moving vehicles
  • Any vehicle (including motorcycles) which obstruct protected pathways should be reported

Encroachment

  • When a vehicle parks partially in an accessible parking spot, it prevents a person with a disability from parking
  • Any vehicle encroaching into an accessible parking spot should be reported