[Adopted 6-11-1985 by L.L. No. 8-1985 (Ch. 205 of the 1976 Code)]
This article shall apply to public streets, Village parking fields and nonresidential sites which provide off-street parking spaces for 20 or more vehicles. It is intended to provide access to nonresidential structures by handicapped persons who have appropriately designated vehicles.
[Amended 2-4-2003 by L.L. No. 2-2003]
The Board of Trustees may, by resolution, designate specific locations on any public street or on any property owned or leased by the Village as a parking area reserved for physically handicapped persons.
Nonresidential sites shall include any building or contiguous buildings used for one or more retail shops, shops for personal service, restaurants, houses of worship, private schools, lodges, clubhouses, meeting halls or other places of business or public assembly which provide off-street parking for at least 20 vehicles.
Each owner and operator of a nonresidential site shall designate a minimum of 5% of its off-street parking spaces (up to a maximum of eight spaces) for handicapped parking. The handicapped parking spaces shall be striped, marked and posted and maintained in accordance with standards established by the State of New York, at the expense of the owner of such nonresidential site. The handicapped parking spaces so designated shall be reasonably distributed so as to provide convenient access by handicapped persons to the businesses or facilities therein.
[Amended 4-7-1998 by L.L. No. 1-1998]
No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle in any place designated as restricted to handicapped parking, unless the vehicle bears a permit issued under § 1203-a of the Vehicle and Traffic Law or a registration issued under § 404-a of said law and such vehicle is being used at that time for the transportation of a severely disabled or handicapped person.
No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle in or on any property owned or leased by the Village in such a manner as to block or otherwise interfere with access to, or exit from, any place designated as restricted to handicapped parking.
[Amended 4-7-1992 by L.L. No. 1-1992; 5-4-1993 by L.L. No. 2-1993; 6-27-1995 by L.L. No. 3-1995; 9-6-2005 by L.L. No. 8-2005]
Except as set forth in Subsection B hereof, any person who violates any provision of § 537-15 shall be guilty of a traffic infraction punishable by a fine of $250 for the first offense and $400 for the second and each subsequent offense occurring within a period of two years. In the event that extenuating circumstances exist which would justify a reduction in the fine established above for such an offense, the court may impose a fine of not less than $75.
If, at the time that a violation of the provisions of § 537-15 of this article occurred, the vehicle was being used to transport a person holding a valid permit issued under § 1203-a of the Vehicle and Traffic Law, although said permit was not displayed on said vehicle, the court shall have the discretion to reduce the aforesaid fine, but in no event shall said fine be reduced to less than $25.