This is a situation from 15-20 years ago, but I feel like I never got a real answer:
This took place in Redwood City, California. We had a building that could accommodate more or less 500 people and had a large parking associated with it. When we started to use the building, there was no proper markings on the ground; I mean there used to be, but they had faded a long time ago.
So new lines were painted and quite soon we got the visit of a few city officials, like the fire marshal, etc for inspections.
The city requested we allocate a percentage of the parking spots as handicap spots, nearby the building entrance. We made the argument that there was no employee with disabilities and we'd certainly accommodate if the need would arise. To this they countered than a visitor may need it, but this was a software development place without any visitors and not even a reception desk.
To make a long back and forth short.. we had to mark the spots as allocated for handicap.
Over time, employees were using them because of the proximity to the entrance and, although no tickets were given, somehow the city got to know about it and told us to not allow this.
This was wasting about 10 spaces (don't remember exactly), and anyone from the Bay Area knows how valuable are parking spots there.
So, my question: During the 3 years I was involved with the place, these parking spaces had absolutely no utility. There was never any visitor (besides deliveries and there was an area for that) and never a single employee with physical disabilities. I do recognize the importance of these parking spaces where they can be used, but in that case it was wasted space. To be the devil's advocate, it could have been conceivable that a city inspector with disability would have visited us, but certainly not 10 of them at the same time.
Are there provisions that would allow to not reserve the spaces for cases that never happen, understanding that these spaces could be created on demand if needed?