HOUSE BILL 248
54th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2019
Martin R. Zamora and Randal S. Crowder
RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLES; MAKING IT UNLAWFUL TO BLOCK PARKING SPACES DESIGNATED FOR PERSONS WITH SIGNIFICANT MOBILITY LIMITATIONS; PROVIDING A PENALTY.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. Section 66-7-352.5 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 1983, Chapter 45, Section 5, as amended) is amended to read:
"66-7-352.5. UNAUTHORIZED USE--PENALTIES.--
A. It is unlawful for any person to park a motor vehicle not displaying a special registration plate or a parking placard issued pursuant to Section 66-3-16 NMSA 1978 in a designated accessible parking space for persons with significant mobility limitation.
B. It is unlawful for any person to park a motor vehicle in such a manner so as to block access to:
(1) any part of a curb cut designed for access by persons with significant mobility limitation; or
(2) a designated accessible parking space for persons with significant mobility limitation.
C. A person convicted of violating Subsection A or B of this section is subject to a fine of not less than two hundred fifty dollars ($250) or more than five hundred dollars ($500). Failure to properly display a parking placard or special registration plate issued pursuant to Section 66-3-16 NMSA 1978 is not a defense against a charge of violation of Subsection A or B of this section.
D. A vehicle parked in violation of Subsection A or B of this section is subject to being towed at the expense of the vehicle owner upon authorization by law enforcement personnel or by the property owner or manager of a parking lot.
E. A law enforcement officer may issue a citation or authorize towing of a vehicle for a violation of Subsection A or B of this section regardless of the presence of the driver."
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