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Traffic Tip: Respect handicapped parking

By By David Brogger
Feb. 17, 2013 at 10:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 16, 2013 at 8:17 p.m.


This week's traffic tip regards parking privileges as addressed in the Texas Transportation Code 681.006.

Why this specific code and how does it relate to driving in Victoria?

I have been asked about the laws regarding parking spaces for disabled people.

The complainant believed that people are misusing disabled person placards by parking in designated disabled persons parking spaces even though the disabled person was not in the vehicle.

The way the law reads is that the person with a disability has to either be the driver of the vehicle or be a passenger in the vehicle when the vehicle is parked in a designated disabled person parking space.

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles also has information regarding disabled parking placards, which can be viewed online at txdmv.gov/vehicles/drivers/disabled.htm.

Sec. 681.006. Parking privileges: persons with disabilities. (a) Subject to Section 681.009(e), a vehicle may be parked for an unlimited period in a parking space or area that is designated specifically for persons with physical disabilities if:

(1) the vehicle is being operated by or for the transportation of a person with a disability; and

(2) there are:

(A) displayed on the vehicle special license plates issued under Section 504.201; or

(B) placed on the rearview mirror of the vehicle's front windshield a disabled parking placard.

(b) The owner of a vehicle is exempt from the payment of a fee or penalty imposed by a governmental unit for parking at a meter if:

(1) the vehicle is being operated by or for the transportation of a person with a disability; and

(2) there are:

(A) displayed on the vehicle special license plates issued under Section 504.201; or

(B) placed on the rearview mirror of the vehicle's front windshield a disabled parking placard.

(c) The exemption provided by Subsection (b) or (e) does not apply to a fee or penalty:

(1) imposed by a branch of the United States government; or

(2) imposed by a governmental unit for parking at a meter, in a parking garage or lot, or in a space located within the boundaries of a municipal airport.

(d) This section does not permit a vehicle to be parked at a time when or a place where parking is prohibited.

(e) A governmental unit may provide by ordinance or order that the exemption provided by Subsection (b) also applies to payment of a fee or penalty imposed by the governmental unit for parking in a parking garage or lot or in a space with a limitation on the length of time for parking.

The Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit invites residents to inform us of any traffic issues that you observe. The easiest way to do this is go to our website, victoriapd.com, then go to the VPD Customer Service Request tab in the center of the page and follow the directions.

If you have a traffic law question, contact Senior Police Officer David Brogger, Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit, 361-485-3700.

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