# Ticket for parking in handicap zone?

1. You are just turning into the handicap spot. You are backing up and the police blocks you. He gives you a ticket for parking in the handicap zone.

2. You have not parked. You are just picking up someone for 1 minute. As you are backing up the police blocks you and gives you a ticket.

Does any of the two situations make it illegal to just back out of the handicap zone?
Is a ticket for parking in the handicap zone acceptable?

Thanks.

Last edited by bellavida; May 7, 2007 at 05:51 PM.
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 Lord_Darkclaw Posts: 295, Reputation: 38 Full Member #2 May 7, 2007, 11:42 AM
I'm afraid it probably is illegal. Certainly in the UK traffic law is strict about disabled-parking bays. You made a completely innocent mistake and you might be able to get the fine reduced if you explain what happened, but I doubt there's much else you can do.
 startover22 Posts: 2,758, Reputation: 363 Ultra Member #3 May 7, 2007, 11:43 AM
No it is not illeagle to back up from a handicap spot, but it is illeagle to get in the spot to wait for someone. As far as I am concerned you earned the ticket. Sorry.
 Lowtax4eva Posts: 2,467, Reputation: 190 Ultra Member #4 May 7, 2007, 01:33 PM
Is this a question off a drivers ed exam?
 shygrneyzs Posts: 5,017, Reputation: 936 Uber Member #5 May 7, 2007, 01:43 PM
Sorry to say but you earned the ticket. You drove into that handicapped space and waited for someone. Now I could have been behind you, with my son who is in a wheelchair and I can legally park there. Believe me, I would have called the police.

You can go to the police station and make a case for yourself but I bet the ticket stands.
 bellavida Posts: 10, Reputation: 1 New Member #6 May 7, 2007, 05:07 PM
It was only backing out, but the police interpreted wrongly.
 shygrneyzs Posts: 5,017, Reputation: 936 Uber Member #7 May 7, 2007, 05:29 PM
But, as startover22 stated, in order to back up, you had to drive into the space. It could not have been the only space available and the police officer cited you for what he saw.
 ballengerb1 Posts: 27,300, Reputation: 2276 Home Repair & Remodeling Expert #8 May 7, 2007, 05:33 PM