Article I Issuance of Parking Permits
The Town Clerk of the Town of Thompson is hereby designated as the issuing agent of parking permits for the handicapped pursuant to the provisions and authority of § 1203-a of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York.
The issuing agent shall issue permits for handicapped parking upon his receipt of a completed application executed by the handicapped person or by the parent or guardian of a minor handicapped person, upon a form to be provided by the issuing agent, provided that said application shall be accompanied by a medical certification relating to the applicant or such minor child, which certification shall be made by a physician licensed to practice medicine in the State of New York and which certification shall establish that the applicant or such minor child is qualified to receive such permit.
A person shall be eligible to receive a handicapped parking permit if such person has:
Limited or no use of one or both lower limbs;
A neuromuscular dysfunction which severely limits mobility;
A pulmonary or cardiovascular condition which limits mobility or severely limits the individual's activities in the open air; or
A physical or mental impairment or condition, other than those specified above, but of such a nature as to impose an unusual hardship in connection with physical mobility so as to render it medically desirable that such person be permitted to use handicapped parking facilities, if such condition is certified by a physician duly licensed to practice medicine in New York State as constituting a degree of disability (specifying the particular condition) equal to those set forth in the preceding subsections hereof so as to prevent such person from having physical mobility as a pedestrian without great difficulty.
The permit to be issued shall be in the form of a sticker to be provided by New York State pursuant to § 1203-a of the Vehicle and Traffic Law, which sticker shall be affixed to each vehicle for which the registration is included in the application. Each such sticker or permit shall expire upon the expiration date of the registration certificate concerned but shall be renewed upon an application accompanied by the renewal registration certificate for any succeeding period of time or by a valid registration certificate for any other or different vehicle which the applicant or his parent or guardian shall certify as being a vehicle in which the applicant customarily rides. Each permit issued hereunder shall bear the license plate number of those vehicles in which the handicapped person customarily rides. The application shall also be accompanied by valid New York State registration certificates for each of said vehicles.
The issuing agent may suspend or revoke any permit or refuse to renew any permit upon a finding that:
The applicant has made a material false statement in the application;
The applicant has used or permitted the use of the permit contrary to conditions set forth in the permit and in this article;
The applicant has failed to comply with or observe any of the conditions of the application and/or of the permit; or
The applicant shall have failed to have notified the issuing agent of any change of address or disability within 10 days after such change.
[Added 10-4-1994 by L.L. No. 5-1994]
Any person who parks in spaces clearly marked for use by the handicapped, as defined in § 1203-c of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York, without a special municipal parking permit or whose motor vehicle is not registered in accordance with § 404-a of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York and being used for transportation of handicapped persons shall be subject to a fine of not less than $75 nor more than $100 for the first offense and not less than $100 nor more than $200 for the second offense occurring within a period of two years within the Town of Thompson.