The Office of the Attorney General gave notice to the public yesterday that the office, in partnership with the Department of Public Safety and in collaboration with community organizations, is preparing to increase enforcement against businesses that are violating Public Law 17-65. This law was enacted on Dec. 20, 2011, to increase the penalties for accessible parking violations and to be consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act and guidelines.
Under Public Law 17-65, businesses and government agencies are required to provide and designate parking spaces for the exclusive use of any vehicle that displays a special identification placard for persons with disabilities. Accessible parking spaces must be identified by a sign with the international symbol of accessibility, as well as a posted “Accessible Parking” sign. A business with at least five parking spots must have at least one such accessible parking space.
Pursuant to Public Law 17-65, the Office of the Attorney General may take action against businesses that fail to designate the required accessible parking spaces for persons with disabilities. The Office of the Attorney General is working closely with the Department of Public Safety and other agencies and organizations to identify businesses that are not in compliance with the law. The consequences that a business may face for violating Public Law 17-65 are serious. A business that fails to do so shall pay a civil fine of $100 per day until the business complies with the requirements of the law.
If you have any questions and concerns about Public Law 17-65 or would like to report any potential accessible parking violations, contact the Office of Attorney General at (670) 664-2341. If you own a business and are unsure about whether your business complies with Public Law 17-65, you may also contact NMPASI at (670) 235-7273 to request a site check. (OAG)