I'm on a military base in Texas and we have some parking spots marked with the handicap symbol stencilled on the ground at our barracks. However, they have no vertical sign and Texas regulations say they must have one 60" above ground. Does that make it invalid? They are pretty faded as well. Everyone parks there all the time because they are never used but I happened to have bad luck and got a ticket so I'm wondering if I can fight it with the information provided?
You are free to fight the ticket in magistrate's court, on the theory that the parking space does not comply with state law requirement to have the appropriate sign. However, you are obviously still aware that it is a designated handicapped spot, and while you might get one "free pass," you're not likely to get future "free passes," so stop parking there until there is clarification as to whether those spots are intended to continue as handicapped, or whether they have been converted to regular parking spaces open to everyone. Just because others park there and take the risk doesn't mean you should follow in their footsteps.
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