No parking in “access aisles” of handicap parking spaces

Friday, March 22, 2019 - 4:35pm

Wake Forest officials are reminding motorists to pay attention to an updated “no parking” ordinance or risk a hefty fine.

Sec. 30-53 of the Town’s Code of Ordinances pertains to “No Parking & Safety Zones:”

“Whenever authorized signs or markings are placed, erected or installed indicating no parking or safety zones, no driver of a vehicle shall disobey the regulations in connection with such signs or markings.”

During its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15, the Board of Commissioners adopted an addition to the law that addresses the growing problem of vehicles parking in the access aisles of handicap parking spaces. Those access aisles are painted with diagonal hatch marks to discourage parking in them.

The updated ordinance specifically prohibits all motorists, regardless of whether the driver and/or the passenger(s) have a disability plate or placard, from parking in the access aisles of handicap parking spaces:

“In addition to and included in the definition of the signs and markings defined above, it shall be unlawful to park or leave standing any vehicle in any area marked by hatched marks or diagonal lines or designated as an access aisle. The prohibitions set forth in this Section shall apply regardless of whether the vehicle in question displays the distinguishing license plate or placard as provided in G.S. 20-37.6, regarding handicapped drivers and passengers.”

Anyone observed by law enforcement parking in an access aisle is subject to a $250 fine.

For more information, contact Public Infrastructure Engineer Scott Miles at 919-435-9442 or smiles@wakeforestnc.gov.