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(A) Authority for restrictions. The restrictions on parking established in this section have been made in conjunction with the provisions of Ordinance No. 851119, Zoning Ordinance, providing for the reservation of parking spaces for vehicles used by disabled persons. This section is designed to ensure disabled persons convenient access to civic and commercial establishments having parking facilities or a portion of a parking facility that is not easily accessible to such establishment.
(B) Definitions. For the purpose of this section, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
CITY. The City of Sunset Valley, Texas.
DISABLED PERSON. A person is disabled who has mobility problems that substantially impair the person's ability to ambulate, or who is legally blind.
(1) A person commits an offense if he or she parks a vehicle in a parking space properly designated by sign to be specifically for the disabled, which vehicle does not display a special license plate or other specially designed tab, identification card or other device issued by a governmental entity indicating that such vehicle is used by or for a disabled person.
(2) A person commits an offense if the person is neither temporarily or permanently disabled nor transporting a temporarily or permanently disabled person and parks a vehicle in a parking space designated by sign to be specifically for the disabled, when such vehicle displays a specially designed tab, identification card, or other device issued by any governmental entity indicating that such vehicle is used by or for a disabled person.
(3) A person commits an offense if the person parks a vehicle so that the vehicle blocks an access, or curb ramp, or any other architectural improvement designed to aid the disabled.
(D) Enforcement by city. The provisions of division (C) of this section shall be enforceable by the city and shall apply to all parking spaces designated as for the disabled by the city and by any private property owner, provided that such designated parking space is in compliance with all specifications for such parking spaces provided by applicable law.
(E) Penalty. An offense under division (C) of this section is a Class C misdemeanor.
(F) Effective date. This section shall become effective after its passage or from and after February 22, 1992.
(Ord. 920204A, passed 2-4-1992)