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Parking Equalizer

For when there literally are NO spots open
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When there are literally NO spots available in the parking lot, handicap spots should become open to whoever gets there first. Cameras mounted on the light poles integrated with a simple software program could detect when there are no spots available, and the 'Disabled Parking Permit Required' sign would flip around to say 'Open to the general public'.

On the other hand, if other spots ARE available, a sign should be displayed alongside the handicap sign saying 'There is an open spot available, please respect our customers with disabilities'.

A modified LED traffic sign could display the row the open spot is located in.

21 Quest, Oct 07 2011

YouTube: Kenny Everett discusses parking solutions http://www.youtube....watch?v=ecsEAXNlfv0
[zen_tom, Oct 14 2011]


       So essentially what you're saying is that the handicapped don't deserve a space if anyone else wants it [-]
BunsenHoneydew, Oct 14 2011

       I can understand your frustration if there are many empty disabled parking spaces, and no regular ones.

       However, disabled people are likely to be more inconvenienced by having to park elsewhere, so I suggest that some disabled parking would still need to be reserved.

       In theory, the larger the parking lot, the lower the proportion of disabled spaces required anyway, so I can't see your proposal as freeing up many spaces anyway.
Loris, Oct 14 2011

       I am in Half-Agreement with this. Unfortunately, every parking lot (around here) has such a wide difference in handicapped availability. One has the first 4 spots of every row designated for handicapped, and no one is (hardly) ever in them. Another might have only 2 in the entire lot. If there was really NO where else to park, and there were many empty handicapped spots, I don't see the harm in letting a few be available to other customers.
I can't give a half-bun though...
xandram, Oct 14 2011

       At the risk of provoking a slough of deer-collision jokes, consider riding a motorcycle. In most states, you can legally park them in the triangular striped-off spaces at the end of herringbone rows. I have never had to search for a place to park my bike (except in the UK).
Alterother, Oct 14 2011

       Bunsen, that wasn't what I said at all. I'm saying they don't deserve to have a spot reserved if it's the ONLY spot left in the lot. Here in Spokane, WA, handicapped parking placards allow FREE parking in metered parking spaces. This means the handicapped driver can AFFORD to park somewhere outside the lot without having to worry about finding loose change at the last minute. That's not always the case for non-handicapped drivers, who then have to spend considerable amounts of time and fuel driving around looking for a place to park and HOPE they have enough loose change for the meter.

       The idea of requiring a business make accommodations for handicapped customers is NOT to give them preferential treatment. It is to bring their level of convenience to the SAME level as that of a non- handicapped customer.

       Thus, I see handicapped parking rights as the same as the rights of racial minorities and women... EQUAL rights, not SUPERIOR rights.

       From the Americans with Disabilities Act:

       //Public accommodations must comply with basic non- discrimination requirements that prohibit exclusion, segregation, and unequal treatment. //

       If all the spots are full, and I am NOT allowed to park in an unused handicap spot, then I feel I am being excluded and therefor segregated against because of my healthy physical condition.
21 Quest, Oct 14 2011

       I like your novel method of occasionally shouting a word for emphasis.

       While handicapped people may be able to AFFORD a parking space elsewhere, they may NOT be able to MANAGE the longer DISTANCE.

       You could try stamping on a landmine on your next tour of duty for the PREFERENTIAL treatment it will entail.
Loris, Oct 14 2011

       Perhaps what's needed are a handful of specially-marked dual-use spaces. Handicapped-only if the other handicapped spots are taken and there are open spaces for others to park, but open to the general public if there are no other spaces available.

       Not that people would be able to figure that level of nuance out, however.
RayfordSteele, Oct 14 2011


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