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Fine raised for parking illegally in handicapped spots

by Richard Veilleux - March 20, 2006

University officials are increasing the fine for parking illegally in a handicapped parking space to $131, the maximum allowed by state law.

“We’ve noticed a sharp increase in the number of people who are abusing the system, and parking in the limited number of handicapped spaces available on campus,” says Ann Denny, director of parking services.

“The Parking Advisory Committee recommended the University take this step, and the administration readily agreed.”

The new fine took effect March 13, the first day of classes following spring break. Previously, the fine for parking in a handicapped spot was $50.

During the past three years an average of 717 parking tickets have been issued annually, and the number of violations is mounting, Denny says.

The use and abuse of spaces is carefully monitored by enforcement officers and Parking Services, she says.

Denny said people abusing the regulations are parking in handicapped spots without permits, or are keeping handicapped permits previously owned by parents and grandparents who have died.

“We hope this increase will deter people from parking in handicapped spaces,” says Denny, adding that parking enforcement staff have been made aware of the change and will be monitoring the spaces closely.

There are currently 80 handicapped parking spaces scattered across campus, Denny says. The number and placement of handicapped spaces are altered as needed.

Faculty, staff and students who have registered state handicapped parking permits should hang the permit from their rear view mirror, while also displaying their UConn parking permit.

Anyone with questions may call Parking Services at 860-486-4930 or 860-486-4811, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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