I understand what Linda is saying. Once you gets a van with a lift Cheryl, I think you will understand more about what Linda is talking about. I have had the problem now for about 13 years as I am down the road more than most. I do feel they should ticket cars that park in a van accessible spots, mostly because when a parent needs to unload their son that has a power chair and they have to do so, from a side lift in their van, there just is not enough room to park right next to a car and use your lift, so therefore you have to put your sons in harms way unloading them in the street and then pulling into the parking spot. I recommend all parents that do have to get a lift to get it in the back of your van, because of this issue, it is very upsetting to pull up to a van accessible spot and find a sports car parked where it plainly says VAN ACCESSIBLE!! I would recommend all parents on here to please NOT park in Van Accessible spots now that you know the issues and problems it can cause. Thank you........ The placard is only suppose to be used if your children are with you too, it is not meant for the parent it is meant for the person in the wheelchair. If my children are not with me,( I even have handicapped tags) I don't even use a handicapped spot, I hope all feel the same way on this one. I like Julie have reported people and have even had them towed.
Thank you, Julie Gilmore, for the olive branch to all of us Newbies. Even if the original comments weren't directed towards me, it was hard to discount the hostility. I know how valuable this site is to me. I check it multiple times a day. I need answers to my now questions and glimpses of the future to prepare myself. I appreciate all of those who contribute.