Use spaces farther from the door. They might only be a “few yards away” for you, but a few yards can create a huge problem for some people. Those ones farther back are for people who are more mobile. Use them.
If the only available spots are disabled ones, then the car park is full. Kindly try elsewhere.
“Just unloading” or stopping “just a few minutes”, aren’t excuses either – you wouldn’t inconvenience people by stopping in the middle of the road so don’t do it here.
And if you still park illegally, just pray you don’t run into one of our super mums.
“Ugh. . .I just dealt with this last week. I took Emmy to a kids drum circle.
The parking was horrible and they only had one disabled spot which was filled with a car parked illegally to unload.
They had their hazards on, so I knew immediately it was not someone disabled.
I pulled right up and waited for them to return.
When they did, I told them I needed the spot and it wasn’t cool for him to have parked there.
He was very apologetic and said he wasn’t parking there, but just unloading.
I told him it was a major inconvenience and to please reconsider doing that again in the future as it wasn’t fair to my child.
I can only hope he thinks twice before doing so again.”
Dawn Hamilton, Emerson’s mum (www.EmmyIsAStar.blogspot.com)
“Each year I see a growing number of illegal handicapped parking offenders.
These are the cars that do not possess either a hanging handicapped tag or handicapped license plate.
I found these really great parking ticket/reminders from Braun Ability that I use and leave on cars that are illegally parked.
Most families don't have time to sit there and call the police to ticket and remove someone from a spot.
There are also great app called the parking mobility app, which allows you to take a picture of an offender and send it to local authorities.
That seems to be growing in popularity.”
Stacy Warden, Noah’s mum (www.NoahsMiracle.com)
“If they are in the car I remind them they can't park there.
If they refuse to move, I take a photo of their car and share it on social networks.
For those not in the car, I leave them a note under their so shield wiper.”
Kara Melissa Sharp, Seb’s mum (www.KaraMelissa.wordpress.com)
“I have been known to leave notes on windshields saying, ‘You shouldn’t be parking in this spot if you do not have a decal.’
But it’s important to remember that you can’t tell by looking whether or not a person is disabled.”
Ellen Seidman, Max’s mum (www.LoveThatMax.com)
“If I catch them I speak to them about it, or I will leave a note on the car. At my kid’s school I spoke to the principal.”