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NYC Parking Rules For Pregnant Women

New York City Considering Giving Pregnant Women Special Parking Privileges

Expectant mamas may soon get a free parking pass in one of the country's most traffic-challenged cities. A New York City councilman is proposing legislation that will provide special parking placards to pregnant women experiencing physical or mobility challenges. The permits will allow the doctor-designated mamas-to-be with free parking in no-parking or no-standing zones until 30 days after their expected due dates.

According to Councilman David Greenfield, "New York is a tough place to get around. If you have a difficult pregnancy, it's even tougher. This should make it a little bit easier."

Over the last few years, we've seen malls and baby emporiums offer designated "Parking for Expecting Moms" spots, and a few years ago California considered, but ultimately voted against, offering a five-month disabled parking permit to pregnant women. Do pregnant women really need special parking privileges?

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Isista Isista 6 years
We have these kinds of parking spaces in Missouri. I feel like, especially for expecting mothers late in their term or who have been experiencing problems during the pregnancy, this is a good thing. We still have plenty of handicap spots available for others who need special parking options due to other medical reasons. Also, my mom had cancer, and it was not hard for her to get a handicap placard so that she wouldn't have to walk far if she was tired or sick after chemo [although most doctors I've experienced through my mom told her not to drive at all during the majority of the chemo, but to have someone else drive her].
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
I had a very easy pregnancy and often parked farther away just to get the extra walking in (my only form of exercise when pregnant). Not every woman is as fortunate as me. I agree w lilk: 'If a woman is suffering through a particularly difficult pregnancy and absolutely needs to be able to park close to stores, she can get a temporary handicap permit.' This seems like unnecessary legislation to me. Evie I found the same problem with Studio16's comment. I'd also like to add that some women become pregnant after being raped and choose to have their baby. They didn't get pregnant by choice. Also, no woman gets pregnant with the intention of having a pregnancy so difficult she needs parking assistance. I also don't think it's fair of you to make such a generalized comment about mothers: "Mothers today are so entitled. " I don't feel more entitled to anything than anyone else. Your blanket-statement about mothers implies that I do and I find that sort of offensive.
TheBestRedDress TheBestRedDress 6 years
Entitlement gone wrong. There are people out there that can really use it, people with problems. If you're pregnant, you're pregnant. You know what you're getting into. If you don't feel well, don't travel.
Heather-Maddan Heather-Maddan 6 years
I've been pregnant three times and never experienced anything close to the challenges a handicapped, disabled or terminally ill person probably endures. I'd feel terrible taking parking spots from people who actually need them.
EvieJ EvieJ 6 years
@studio16: The problem with your argument is that it would mean people with broken legs from, say, skiing or playing football shouldn't get temporary permits as their temporary impairment happened through a lifestyle choice. I do agree with above posters who have said it's a good idea, but not if it takes away from handicapped slots. I do think those should have first priority. As lilkimbo says, those experiencing difficult pregnancies (as I did in mine - I had severe symphysis pubis dysfunction) can get a temporary permit.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
I think it's fine/a good idea if stores want to do it, but I don't like the idea of making these spots legal spots (like handicap spots, which stores are required to have). If a woman is suffering through a particularly difficult pregnancy and absolutely needs to be able to park close to stores, she can get a temporary handicap permit.
EricaJane EricaJane 6 years
i don't think i can really know until I'm pregnant, but I think in certain areas, it's appropriate.. maybe pregnancy is a choice, but it's still incredibly uncomfortable for some women at various stages.. in NYC though? maybe near obgyns or baby stores, but i'm not sure how this would work or where they'd be placed in the city.. where parking is a premium that people pay $40 a day in some spots, i don't think it's fair to allocate special spots.. also, if people have "cancer or other impairing conditions" they can apply for a handicap permit..
Choco-cat Choco-cat 6 years
i'd support it, but i do like the idea of opening it up to people who also may have need to close parking (as anonymous mentions)
Studio16 Studio16 6 years
I'm sorry, but that's ridiculous. You choose to get pregnant. You weren't born pregnant, you were not made pregnant by a tragic accident, you chose it. You don't deserve a special parking space for it. Mothers today are so entitled.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I think it's a great idea, and I wish they gave out permits for it here. They have courtesy parking spaces, but I see people abusing them constantly!
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