Handicap Parking Signs

When parking your car in any public parking lot, it can sometimes be a little frustrating to be faced with a glaring lack of free spaces aside from a few displaying handicap parking signs. But don't be upset by this! Those spaces are put there for a very good reason, not least to comply with local and national parking laws.

That very good reason is to designate a certain number of parking spaces for those people who need them most. That means people with disabilities who maybe cannot walk very far and will benefit from the parking space that is closest to the store or service they need to visit.

What infuriates drivers more than anything is not the cruising around the car park for ages looking for a space before finally finding one, but seeing a vehicle occupying a parking space designated for a registered disabled driver that should not be there. This happens quite often and it takes a certain kind of person with little conscience or moral goodness to park in those spaces when they are not entitled to.

This article looks at both the need for disability parking spaces, the designating signs that depict them and why they are the way they are.

How to Spot Handicap Parking Signs

Parking signs for drivers with disabilities come in a variety of designs, but are all based around the blue background with a simple white outline image of a person in a wheelchair. Usually, but not always, white lettering is added to give the sign more meaning and in certain localities, added wording may be included below the main sign to provide further information, such as local by-laws or time restrictions that apply to the parking space.

These special signs can be sourced from a variety of location online and in brick and mortar establishments that advertise both in local newspapers, yellow pages and on websites online.

The Need for Designated Handicap Parking

If you have premises with car parking facilities, again depending upon your locality you may be required by law to reserve a proportion of your car parking spaces for drivers with disabilities. To comply with local laws, you should ensure that you are covered all ways by prominently displaying the relevant signs on the handicapped designated car parking spaces.

You may also need to paint the parking space with blue outlines and in some cases a further motif or handicap parking symbol designating the space for the use of drivers with disabilities.

But laws aside, it just makes good sense to provide designated parking spaces for drivers with disabilities. For one thing, it is common courtesy to extend the facility to those that need it most.

For another, it is also good business sense, because while you are helping people with disabilities, you are also extending a welcome mat to a potentially large sector of the local population that would not otherwise use your facility or visit your business.


If you run a store with a parking lot, it is all the more evident that by providing parking spaces for registered handicapped drivers to park in close to your store's main entrance, you are going to attract people through it that you might not have done had you not provided the specific parking spaces. In other words, you have created a win-win situation by providing handicap parking spaces for both you and your customers, regardless of what the law say you have to do.

Naturally, you should therefore invest in some high profile, easy to read display signs that designate the paces for disabled vehicle owners to best display the fact to your customers and to deter all but the most determined driver from parking in them when they are not entitled to.


Below are some comments left on the original published HubPage that is now deleted and republished on my own website here.

Janna Jones said:

I couldn't agree more that they are needed... The question is, how do we make people follow the signs. I think too many folks are lost in the 60's. "signs, signs, everywhere a sign, lord have mercy their breaking my mind...park here, don't park there. Cant you read the signs."

Someday they'll be older, handicap and then they'll have to "walk a mile in my shoes!"

HandControls said:

Completely on the ball, from personal experience I've had to walk far too long because literally dozens of handicapped parking spaces were taken by people that weren't disabled. People complain that there are too many just as they park in them causing the need for so many in the first place.