Handicap Parking Fines May Increase In Asheville - WSPA.com

Handicap Parking Fines May Increase In Asheville

Posted: Updated:
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -

Finding a parking space can be a nightmare, so when you find what many consider a "dream spot," you take it.

"It is kind of frustrating to see someone jump out of their vehicle and run into the store," said Mechelle Holt.

Holt says people who illegally park in a handicap space don't often think about those who really need it.

"I have a child with a disability," Holt said.

After battling drivers in her car, Holt decided to get out and fight.

Holt is a trained patrol with the City of Asheville's Volunteer Handicap Enforcement Program. It was started about seven years ago to help staff and officers patrol areas where people were breaking the law.

The cost of parking illegally in a handicap spot is currently $100, if cited by a volunteer.

The manager of Parking Services wants the fine to be raised to $250, they same as what police can issue and the maximum allowed by the state.

"Some folks don't get the message. They think it is okay," said Harry Brown, manager of Asheville Parking Services.

The city issues an estimated 850 citations a year and while that isn't more than in past years, it's not going down either. That's why Brown wants council to raise the penalty.

He says most of their citations come from volunteers.

City Council is expected to discuss the proposal at their meeting Tuesday night.

We will know what happens. Check back for updates.

  • Top StoriesTop StoriesMore>>

  • Family: Joan Rivers On Life Support

    Family: Joan Rivers On Life Support

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:36 PM EDT2014-09-02 18:36:46 GMT
    Joan Rivers' family is confirming that the comedian is on life support after going into cardiac arrest last week during a procedure at a doctor's office. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, said in a statement Tuesday that her mother is on life support "at this time."
    Joan Rivers' family is confirming that the comedian is on life support after going into cardiac arrest last week during a procedure at a doctor's office. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, said in a statement Tuesday that her mother is on life support "at this time."
  • Coroner: Security Guards Killed By Shotgun In Greenville Co.

    Coroner: Security Guards Killed By Shotgun In Greenville Co.

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 1:14 PM EDT2014-09-02 17:14:19 GMT
    Autopsy results show two security guards found dead at the old Hollingsworth facility in Greenville were killed by shotgun. The Greenville County coroner released autopsy results Tuesday.
    Autopsy results show two security guards found dead at the old Hollingsworth facility in Greenville were killed by shotgun. The Greenville County coroner released autopsy results Tuesday.
  • Thief Removes Power Meter During Spartanburg Co. Burglary

    Thief Removes Power Meter During Spartanburg Co. Burglary

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-09-02 16:21:07 GMT
    Deputies say the burglar attempted to force his way in through the main pedestrian entrance to the building. However, that door has an alarm. Investigators believe, upon hearing the alarm activate, the thief removed the power meter to the building, which silenced the alarm.
    Deputies say the burglar attempted to force his way in through the main pedestrian entrance to the building. However, that door has an alarm. Investigators believe, upon hearing the alarm activate, the thief removed the power meter to the building, which silenced the alarm.
Powered by WorldNow

250 International Dr.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

Telephone: 864.576.7777
Fax: 864.587.5430
Email: webmaster@wspa.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.