Q&A: How to handle handicapped/reserved parking?

Q. My question refers to how many handicapped parking spaces must reserved in a particular co-op or a condo. Is there any legal requirement to set aside a certain number of spaces? Must a multiple dwelling with parking spaces used exclusively on an accessory basis by residents of the building set aside handicapped parking spaces for visitor parking?

                       —Legal in Long Island

A. “In addition to the parking spaces leased, rented, or assigned to disabled residents,” according to Adam Leitman Bailey, founding partner, and John M. Desiderio, chair of Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C.’s Real Estate Litigation Practice Group, at Adam Leitman Bailey P.C. in Manhattan, “the building would also be required to set aside for visitors the requisite number of handicapped parking spaces that the law otherwise requires for the particular parking facility.”

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  • Is it illegal for a non-van with a handicap plaque to park in a handicap van access space?
  • Bob Montgomery Thomas on Saturday, April 11, 2020 6:20 AM
    Not illegal unless the sign says, "Restricted to Van's only", which is absurd. I have a placard and sometimes park in a VA, but I park in such a way as to allow others room to park there as well since there is usually a dearth of HP spaces available to begin with. Local ordinances generally follow federal ADA guidelines as to the number of spaces required at a given location. If only one space is required, it has to be VA. That doesn't mean that only van's may park there. VA spaces are wider to allow for ramps. So if all, or only one VA space is there, would that mean another disabled person should be denied the ability to park there and walk a mile? Horsebobble... We don't live in a perfect world because if we did, there would be no disabled people. And everyone would have common sense and courtesy as well: both sadly lacking.