ADA Parking Accommodations
Parking is FREE for patrons with a valid placard or disabled registration plate
The Parking Division has designated 60 on-street and 41 off-street parking spaces specifically for persons with disabilities. These spaces are centrally located in the downtown area to provide convenient access to businesses within a close proximity to each space. Persons who display disabled registration plates or a valid placard indicating disability may park at any parking meter or in any city facility for free. Please note: Persons with disabled registration plates or a valid placard may not park in access aisles or restricted zones (i.e., fire, yellow, loading, police only, etc.). All disabled parking spaces are designated by a conspicuously posted sign bearing the international symbol of accessibility (at right).
Fines for parking in a desginated disabled parking space / access aisle
The Uniform Traffic Ordinance Section 12-9-9 A. states "It is unlawful for any person to park a motor vehicle not carrying registration plates or a placard indicating disability in accordance with Section 66-3-16 NMSA 1978 in a designated accessible parking space for persons with significant mobility limitation or in such a manner as to block access to any part of a curb cut designed for access by persons with significant mobility limitations. Any person who violates this section shall be subject to a fine of not less than two hundred fifty dollars ($250) or no more than five hundred dollars ($500) [per violation]. Failure to properly display a parking placard or special registration plate issued pursuant to Section 66-3-16 NMSA 1978 is not a defense against a charge of violation of Subsection A of this section (66-7-352.5 NMSA 1978)."