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The Ins and Outs of Handicapped Parking

May 10, 2003

Re "Handicap That Allows Parking Isn't Always Obvious," May 6: There is a fine line between handicapped parking and preferential parking. The physically (not always obvious) handicapped need preferential parking spaces. No way do I condone illegal parking in handicapped parking spaces. A person under doctors' orders to ride a bike or go walking, an example given by Armando Botello, a spokesman for the Department of Motor Vehicles, is not entitled to preferential parking if that person is truly mobile. Common sense dictates that more exercise would result if the person parked in a regular parking space.

Those in the medical profession are greatly to blame in the proliferation of handicapped placards, with their lax issuance of medical requirements. I know of several persons who initially obtained handicapped placards because of a temporary disability and are no longer disabled but yet, year after year, are routinely issued renewed placards. The DMV should take a hard look when there are many renewals of a handicapped placard and, at some point, require that person to obtain disabled plates.

Clark Rennie

Los Angeles

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