Rules of the Road

Rules of the Road: Can Canadians use disabled parking?

Pedro Herrjon of Whirlwind Services paints a disabled parking logo in the parking lot outside Macy's Furniture Gallery in 2008. Cars with disabled parking permits or placards from other states or Canada can park in the spaces in Washington state.
Pedro Herrjon of Whirlwind Services paints a disabled parking logo in the parking lot outside Macy's Furniture Gallery in 2008. Cars with disabled parking permits or placards from other states or Canada can park in the spaces in Washington state. The Bellingham Herald

Question: What are the rules for someone from Canada using a disabled parking space? I ask this because all of the disabled signs state that the vehicle must have a STATE-issued parking permit.

Answer: The parking spaces designated for people with disabilities are for anyone that qualifies, no matter what state or country they are from. The applicable RCW is below.

RCW 46.61.583

Special plate or card issued by another jurisdiction.

A special license plate or card issued by another state or country that indicates an occupant of the vehicle has a disability entitles the vehicle on or in which it is displayed and being used to transport the person with disabilities to the same parking privileges granted under this chapter to a vehicle with a similar special license plate or card issued by this state.

Rules of the Road is a regular column with questions and answers on road laws, safe driving habits and general police practices. Answers come from David Wright, a retired officer from the Bellingham Police Department who serves on the Whatcom County Traffic Safety Task Force. For previous Rules of the Road columns or to ask a question, go to bellinghamherald.com/news/traffic/rules-of-the-road/.

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