Q: My car was towed from my job today saying I am suppose to have a FedEx handicap placard which *we don’t have* instead of

The handicap card I had displaying on my windshield. I have it because my disabled mother lives with me and we are sharing my car at the moment while we get her vehicle fixed . I am her sole caretaker and my vehicle is the one she rides in. How can this be legal ? I have two small children and my car is the only working car we have at my house right now and today I was left stranded at work with no vehicle (got told I didn’t have the option of getting my car today even if I wanted to because their office is closed) and the lady hung up in my face and the manager wouldn’t tell me who I needed to speak with to get it figured out nor would she take the time to even speak in the phone with me and said I’d have to wait until tomorrow. I work in olive branch and live in horn lake. I was left stranded I have no way to get to work or my children to school or to even get them diapers due to all of this. I literally went to work and they allowed this to happen because “I’m not the one with disa

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Municipal Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: It sounds like you're going through a very stressful and unfair situation. Being towed under these circumstances, especially when you rely on your vehicle for essential duties as a caretaker, is incredibly challenging. The first step is to gather all relevant documentation, including the handicap placard you were using, any registration or ownership papers for the car, and proof of your mother's disability status and your role as her caretaker. This evidence can be crucial in disputing the tow and explaining your unique situation.

Next, it would be wise to contact a legal advisor or a consumer protection agency for guidance. They can inform you about your rights in this scenario and the best course of action to take. Since the tow seems to be based on a misunderstanding or misapplication of policies regarding handicap parking privileges, a professional can help clarify the law and potentially assist in recovering your vehicle without unnecessary fees.

In the meantime, consider reaching out to local community organizations, friends, or family members for immediate support with transportation and childcare needs. While this doesn't solve the larger issue, it can help alleviate some of the immediate stress and logistical challenges you're facing. Remember, it's important to stay persistent and informed about your rights in this situation.

Randall R. Saxton
Randall R. Saxton
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  • Madison, MS
  • Licensed in Mississippi

A: The person to whom the placard was issued must be in the vehicle to use the placard.

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