The Commission continues to work on issues related to accessible parking spaces. As of May 17th, 2006, the fine for illegally parking in an accessible space, an access isle and/or blocking a curb ramp, was increased to $250 with a maximum of $500. Violators can be ticketed and/or towed.
In 2010 four (4) changes were made to the Accessible Parking Standards and Enforcement Act (66-7-352 NMSA 1978):
The Commission developed a disability parking awareness video.
Q: Where do I get a parking placard?
A: Placards can be obtained at the local Motor Vehicle Division. An MVD form must be completed by your physician verifying the need for a parking placard or accessible license plate.
Q: How much does the placard cost?
A: Parking placards are free.
Q: Does every parking lot require accessible parking?
A: Yes. The NM Disabled Parking Act (66-7-352.1 NMSA 1978 et al.) requires each lot to provide at least one accessible parking space.
Q: Does every parking lot require van accessible parking?
A: Yes. The New Mexico Building Code section 1106 requires each lot to provide at least one van accessible parking space.
Q: Are van accessible spaces reserved for only vans?
A: No, van accessible parking spaces may be used by cars. The signage identifies the availability of the van accessible space so that others may leave it available for vans. However, a person with a disability and a placard and/or license plate may choose to park in the van accessible space and this would be allowed by state and federal accessibility requirements.
Q: Who do I contact when a business has no accessible parking?
A: Contact the business owner or manager and ask why there is no accessible parking and when spaces will be provided. A copy of the NM2009 Accessible Parking Checklist can provide valuable information to a business owner.
Q: Who do I contact when I see a person illegally parked in the accessible parking space?
A: Contact the local parking enforcement or the business owner/manager.