Baltimore, MD asked in Gov & Administrative Law for Maryland

Q: if i have a handicapped permit visibly displayed, can I park in any handicapped space wherever I want?

I parked in a handicapped space to visit my friend at her apartment building and I was towed from a handicapped space with my handicapped placard clearly visible.

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Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
  • Towson, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: If you have a valid handicap permit properly displayed, you have the right to park in a handicap space. You should seek a refund of all towing fees and storage costs.

James L. Arrasmith
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A: Having a handicapped permit generally allows you to park in designated handicapped spaces. However, it's important to be aware that there may be specific rules and regulations that apply depending on the location.

For instance, private properties, like an apartment building, may have their own policies regarding parking, including handicapped spaces. These policies can include restrictions on which residents or visitors can use these spaces and for how long. It’s crucial to understand and adhere to these rules, as they can vary from the general public parking regulations.

If you were towed while parked in a handicapped space at a private property, it's advisable to review the parking policies of the property. Look for posted signs or inquire with the management of the apartment building for their specific regulations regarding handicapped parking.

In case you believe that your vehicle was towed despite adhering to the parking rules, you may want to consider discussing the situation with a legal professional. They can provide guidance on your rights and options in this scenario.

It's also beneficial to keep your handicapped permit up to date and clearly visible when parking, to avoid misunderstandings and ensure compliance with local parking laws.

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