Handicap Truck Parking Spaces???

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Errol V.'s Comment
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OK now I feel like a fool/jerk/idiot for asking this question! All these answers should have been obvious to me...

Chill, P.C.

There are many reasons to have a HC card, most than just heart attack survivors. I've often wondered about just who can have a CDL-A and a Handicapped card at the same time. Old School pointed out there are waivers, which u didn't think about.

I figure since I'm fine physically, I'll just park over there and walk. If someone has a HC card, they probably need it.

ErrolV takes a breath, closes eyes and says quickly:

There are no stupid questions.

(A cliché, but true)

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Nathan N.'s Comment
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It was actually a good question to ask in my book, a lot of us viewers of this post learned something new!

Pat M.'s Comment
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Don't feel bad Persian.. It's all part of the learning curve. I often find myself asking the same questions about people that have the placards yet they can ride ATVs, snowmobiles and ski. But then I remind myself that I don't know their situation.

Forrest B.'s Comment
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OK I apologize if this post comes off as insensitive or anything, that's not my intention, I'm just curious and genuinely confused about something:

What are the handicap truck parking spaces at truck stops for?

I just don't understand how you can be handicapped and still pass a DOT physical and be able to perform all the required job duties of truckers.

Am I missing something here?

I’m disabled and have a 2 year DOT card. I’m missing a leg and passed my physical yesterday

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Forrest B.'s Comment
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OK I apologize if this post comes off as insensitive or anything, that's not my intention, I'm just curious and genuinely confused about something:

What are the handicap truck parking spaces at truck stops for?

I just don't understand how you can be handicapped and still pass a DOT physical and be able to perform all the required job duties of truckers.

Am I missing something here?

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DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Rubber Duck's Comment
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I parked in one of them spots illegally one time. I was down to 3 seconds on my clock and I just nose bombed it. I googled the fine I was facing before I went to sleep and then I slept like a baby.

Marc Lee's Comment
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It was actually a good question to ask in my book, a lot of us viewers of this post learned something new!

In your book? Another author on the site???

LDRSHIP's Comment
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I parked in one in a rest area one time. It was late and I needed a spot. I didn’t realize it was a handicap spot. It wasn’t outline in blue. Didn’t have a sign on a post. Next morning I happen to see a very faded blue handicap symbol on the ground. I didn’t feel that horrible at the time. My back was acting up. When my back starts to act up, my left leg stops being cooperative. I’m sure no one questioned me being the spot the way I hobbled around, lol.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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I parked in one in a rest area one time. It was late and I needed a spot. I didn’t realize it was a handicap spot. It wasn’t outline in blue. Didn’t have a sign on a post. Next morning I happen to see a very faded blue handicap symbol on the ground. I didn’t feel that horrible at the time. My back was acting up. When my back starts to act up, my left leg stops being cooperative. I’m sure no one questioned me being the spot the way I hobbled around, lol.

Whether for real or not, a good limp can be used to great advantage. My legs don't work the best anymore and people are more patient with me when they see me gimp around. However, I can really exaggerate the limp to suit the occasion. For rookies like me, a good, solid limp is a great backing strategy. In a tight situation where we need to G.O.A.L. frequently, limping and also walking slightly bent over elicits sympathy and patience from other drivers. Once I even had a yard driver, who observed my world class limp, tell me to drop the trailer right where it was and he'd put it in the space. (Actually, I was kind of irritated by that because I had already spent about 20 minutes trying and wanted to finish up myself. The other 3 or 4 trucks waiting on me could have waited another 20 minutes. Geez, everybody's in such a big hurry now days.) In fact, I firmly believe this technique should be part of every training curriculum. I'm thinking of making a training video demonstrating how it's done. After watching the video, the students would then go out to the practice range to hone their limping skills. One caution, though. The 'limping technique' is not meant to be an excuse for not learning good backing skills and therefore should be used very selectively and with discretion.

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Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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I rarely use my HC Placard. I usually leave it for drivers that are worse off than me. But when I do use it(when no other sport is available), I do appreciate that it is there. But I have seen people use them when not authorized for the spot.

Raptor

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