SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A Sacramento veteran says the VA is not following the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The ADA says that an accessible (disabled) parking spot must be clearly marked on the ground and up high to make sure it’s visible.
Earlier this year we were contacted by Air Force veteran Mark Blum, who said that the accessible parking spots at Mather Veteran Hospital were not clearly marked.
We brought the ADA requirements to the attention of the VA, they got busy, and now all the accessible parking spots at the hospital are in compliance.
The VA also dismissed Blum’s ticket, which is what he wanted.
We were told by the VA, if a patient feels like they’ve received a ticket because of the lack of proper signage, call up the Mather VA police, to appeal it.
Walking out from his medical appointment at the Mather Veteran Hospital, 22-year Air Force veteran Mark Blum found a parking ticket on his windshield. It was $380 for parking in a disabled spot, something he says he’d never do on purpose.
“I did not think it was a handicap spot,” said Blum.
We took a ride along with him to check it out. Pulling into the spot, we saw nothing from the driver’s view that visually distinguished it. Blum now realizes the ground was painted.
“It’s not properly marked,” said Blum.
We looked up federal law, and sure enough, it requires a clear marking on the pavement for each disabled spot, but it also requires a sign five feet above the ground. That was not present.
“It’s not OK, especially at the V.A.,” said Teresa Favuzzi, with the independent living center.
Favuzzi can’t believe the V.A.; a federal agency is not following federal law. She’s concerned that the mistake is forcing disabled patients to walk farther because a non-disabled veteran didn’t realize they were parking in an accessible parking spot.
“Every single step that they need to take to get to the doctor is a painful one,” she said.
We brought the sign…