Yes and No, BY law each building and parking lot needs a percentage designated for Handicap Parking. The only other reserved spaces are for General Officers. Handicap spaces must have a sign in front of them(just a painting on the ground does not meet legal requirements). All of the other reserved spaces you see, like Cpt or 1Sg or baby expecting etc are courtesy spaces. You cant get a ticket for parking there, but it is considered rude. I would guess that "Joe Smith" is a long time employee and someone designated that spot as a courtesy to him. But if someone else who is handicapped parked there, they could not get a ticket for not being "Joe"
Well when I was issued my handicapped parking spot it was made clear to us that it is illegal to reserve a handicapped spot for anyone. But yet down at buildings 210, 212 etc there are handicapped signs with peoples last names on them. When I was issued my handicap plaque by the Kansas DMV they also told me the same thing and I can park in any handicap spot.
You are refering to Kansas State law, Fort Riley is not Kansas, it is Exclusively Federal. A federal installation May use state law to enforce certain things and the post commander may make his own rules also. An example would be like using your cell phone, illegal on post, but not off post.
I wish they would crack down more on cell phone use on post. I just about t-boned a soccer mom in her van on her phone the other day. I had a green light to go straight and she did not pay enough attention to realize there was no green arrow for her to be turning in from of me at the Forsyth schopette. The worst part was the car ahead of me honked their horn at her before she started turning and she turned after that car and before mine, so despite a warning from the other car she proceeded and made know acknowledgement of the risks she put herself, her little kids, and myself and the car ahead of me in. If I was my husband I would have ran her down and chewed her a new one, but instead I use it as a lesson for my kids on why mommy keeps her phone and purse in the back seat. I hate that safety is second to an important conversation. I will have to point out that the majority of the time someone is driving on post with their phone to their ear they are not in uniforms, so I think the soldiers are well informed it is just everybody else.
If you are familiar with the fair housing act and ADA policies, "A designated disability parking space cannot be reserved. But a reserved space can be accessible." So as long as there is a minimum 2% designated disability parking spaces for the overall parking lot there is no clear violation. The "reserved for joe smith" is a reserved space that is handi accessible and not a designated disability parking space. There is a difference. I know of a Medical Professional who has a disability and has a reserved accessible spot and there are more than enough spaces available for designated disability. When he is on call and has to come in at least he can always rely on his space being available at the access point he needs to go in.