OLYMPIA—The busy holiday shopping season makes finding good parking spots near retailers tough, but don’t be tempted to illegally park in a spot reserved for a person with a disability—even if you only plan on being in a store for a minute.
The Washington State Department of Licensing tracks disabled parking credentials more than 300,000 citizens. It is essential for shoppers with disabilities to have access to spots reserved for them.
Using a designated disabled parking spot without a disabled parking license plate or placard also may result in an unexpected holiday expense. The fine for this infraction is $250.
DOL also would like to remind retailers that blocking access to disabled parking spots or signs with parking lot displays, booths or merchandise also is against the law and makes it difficult for shoppers with disabilities to visit your store.
For more information on the disabled parking program visit the DOL Website at www.dol.wa.gov or call 360-902-3770.