HARRISBURG – A new state law will improve the accessibility of parking spaces for persons with disabilities, according to Senator Scott Martin (R-13), one of the prime sponsors of the bill.
The new law strengthens enforcement by creating penalties for violators who park in or block access aisles – the areas next to a handicapped parking space that are marked with diagonal lines to allow access for vehicles equipped with ramps, wheelchair lifts and other mobility devices.
“Many individuals with disabilities rely on clear access aisles in order to maintain their mobility and independence. These spaces need to be properly protected and enforced,” Martin said. “Blocking an access aisle can have the same effect as parking in the space illegally. In these cases, offenders should face the same kind of penalties.”
Under the bill, violators who block access aisles could be charged with a summary offense and be liable for fines. Previously, police could not issue citations to motorists who blocked access aisles.
The measure was introduced by Martin and Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr. (R-44). The new law will go into effect in 180 days.
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