A.   Parking Restrictions: No person shall park a motor vehicle in a parking space designated and reserved for the physically handicapped, on either private or public property, unless:
      1.   That person is physically handicapped in a manner rendering it difficult and burdensome for such person to walk or such person is operating the vehicle under the direction of such a physically handicapped person; and
      2.   The vehicle visibly bears or contains the certificate or insignia issued to physically handicapped persons by the Minnesota department of public safety pursuant to Minnesota statutes section 169.345, subdivision 2.
   B.   Signs Posted: Notice of such designation of handicapped parking spaces shall be given by the posting of appropriate signs.
   C.   Prima Facie Proof: In any prosecution charging a violation of the provisions of this section, proof of the identity of the registered owner of the particular vehicle described in the citation or complaint at the time of the violation shall create a prima facie presumption that the individual was the person who parked such vehicle at the point where the violation occurred.
   D.   Violation; Vehicle Impoundment: A violation of this section shall constitute a petty misdemeanor. Vehicles in violation may be removed, impounded and kept in custody under the direction of the director of public safety. (1971 Code § 14-17.2; amd. 2000 Code)