The week BaKehilla Magazine reports that a question was presented to HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita regarding a case that occurred in Lakewood, New Jersey. The case involves a “perfectly healthy driver” who after realizing there was no parking available, and he was running late for minyan, he took a designated handicapped parking space. Those who witnessed the driver’s actions were angered, and “they sent an important shaliach” to bring the case to Rav Kanievsky for direction.
They wanted to know if the tefilos of the driver who stole the parking pace were valid, and if they may report him to police so he receives a summons for parking in a spot designated for handicapped motorists.
Rav Kanievsky Shlita is quoted as saying “certainly he did not act properly. Such a person, who steals a parking space in order to daven must recite a תפילה נדבה in place of his first tefilla.” Regarding reporting him to police, Rav Chaim did not state how one may act l’chatchila, stating “if they already reported him one may not castigate them for their actions.”
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)