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...but now I'll offer my opinion.

I think that you do have the right to use the disabled parking space because you are transporting an individual who is legally disabled and has a legal handicap parking placard in possession. Even if you pick him up at the curb, he would have to wait longer if you had to park further out because the parking lot is busy and that by itself could cause problems for him.

Okay, here's what NY says:

Use of the parking spaces reserved for the diabled only if you have the license plates or parking permit, and only when the person with a disability is driving or riding in the vehicle.

The person to whom the license plate or permit was issued must be traveling in the vehicle in order to use thses spaces.

So I'm interpreting that as a bit more limited -- if I drop my father off at the curb, then he's no longer riding in the vehicle, and therefore, I can't used the parking space.

Somehow, I don't think saying "he was in the car" or "he'll be in the car after I pick him up" will suffice. Debating semantics or verb tenses doesn't seem like a good idea.

~~ Alison
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