Division 4 - Parking for Persons with Disabilities

Section 25-310. Parking in Spaces Reserved for Persons with Disabilities; Penalty

  1. No vehicles other than those displaying disabled parking license plates, organizational removable windshield placards, permanent removable windshield placards, or temporary removable windshield placards issued under section 46.2-1241 of the state code, or DV disabled parking license plates issued under subsection B of section 46.2-739 of the state code, shall park in any parking spaces reserved for persons with disabilities.
    1. No person without a disability that limits or impairs his ability to walk shall park a vehicle with disabled parking license plates, organizational removable windshield placards, permanent removable windshield placards, temporary removable windshield placards, or DV disabled parking license plates issued under subsection B of section 46.2-739 of the state code in a parking space reserved for persons with disabilities that limit or impair their ability to walk except when transporting a disabled person in the vehicle.
    2. A summons or parking ticket for the offense may be issued by law-enforcement officers or duly designated city employees without the necessity of a warrant being obtained by the owner of any private parking area.
    3. Parking a vehicle in a space reserved for persons with disabilities in violation of this section shall be punishable by a fine of $250.
  2. No person shall use or display an organizational removable windshield placard, permanent removable windshield placard, or temporary removable windshield placard beyond its expiration date. A violation of this section shall be punishable by a fine of $250.
  3. Organizational removable windshield placards, permanent removable windshield placards, and temporary removable windshield placards shall be displayed in such a manner that they may be viewed from the front and rear of the vehicle and be hanging from the rearview mirror of a vehicle utilizing a parking space reserved for persons with disabilities that limit or impair their ability to walk. When there is no rearview mirror, the placard shall be displayed on the vehicle's dashboard. No placard shall be displayed from the rearview mirror while a vehicle is in motion. A violation of this section shall be punishable by a fine of $250.
  4. In any prosecution charging a violation of this section, proof that the vehicle described in the complaint, summons, parking ticket, citation, or warrant was parked in violation of this section, together with proof that the defendant was at the time the registered owner of the vehicle, shall constitute prima facie evidence that the registered owner of the vehicle was the person who committed the violation.
  5. No violation of this section shall be dismissed for a property owner's failure to comply strictly with the requirements for disabled parking signs set forth in section 36-99.11 of the state code, provided the space is clearly distinguishable as a parking space reserved for persons with disabilities that limit or impair their ability to walk. (Ordinance Number O-97-236, 11-25-97; Ordinance Number O-11-090, 7-12-11)

Section 25-310.1. Adoption of State Law

Pursuant to the provisions of Title 46.2 of the Code of Virginia (1950) as amended, all of the provisions and requirements of Sections 46.2-1240, 46.2-1247, 46.2-1248, 46.2-1249, 146.2-1250, 46.2-1251, 46.2-1252 and 46.2-1253 of the Code of Virginia (1950) as amended, and in effect on July 1, 1997, are hereby adopted and made a part of this division and this chapter as fully as though set out and are hereby made applicable within the city. It shall be unlawful for any person, within the city, to violate or fail, neglect, or refuse to comply with any section of the Code of Virginia which is adopted by this section. Pursuant to the provisions of Section January 12, 1939:2 of the Code of Virginia, future amendments to the sections of the Code of Virginia, that are incorporated in this section are also automatically incorporated by reference herein. (Ordinance Number O-97-236, 11-25-97)

Sections 25-311, 25-316. Reserved