Can you legally back into a handicap parking space in Florida?

Trooper Steve answers viewer questions

ORLANDO, Fla.News 6 traffic safety expert Trooper Steve Montiero answers viewer questions about the rules of the road every week, helping Central Florida residents become better drivers by being better educated.

Mickie asked Trooper Steve, “Someone told me it’s illegal in the state of Florida to back into a handicap parking spot. Is this true?”

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“There are so many rules out there for disabled parking, and most of them are made up on the spot by people who think they know what’s up,” Trooper Steve said. “For example, most people don’t know that if you have a disabled parking decal assigned to you, you are allowed to park in a metered parking space for up to four hours at no cost.”

There are many styles of disabled parking spaces throughout Florida, and whether it’s in a parking garage, parking lot or on city streets, the rules can range.

“The key to parking in any situation is to pay attention to the signage,” Trooper Steve said. “Most parking lots are controlled by private property owners who can deem how you park your vehicle. Unless otherwise posted, there is no rule saying that a driver, utilizing a disabled parking placard, cannot park in reverse.”

Be safe backing in!

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About the Authors:

Daniel started with WKMG-TV in 2000 and became the digital content manager in 2009. When he's not working on, Daniel likes to head to the beach or find a sporting event nearby.

Steven Montiero, better known as “Trooper Steve," joined the News 6 morning team as its Traffic Safety Expert in October 2017. A Central Florida native and decorated combat veteran, Montiero comes to the station following an eight-year assignment with the Florida Highway Patrol.