With the holiday shopping season underway, finding parking at shopping centers can be harder than tracking down the hottest toy of the year. As a result, shoppers sometimes illegally park in accessible spaces reserved for people with disabilities.
Approximately 75,000 county residents have a disability, so it is critical that these parking spaces remain available to them.
You can park in a parking space for people with disabilities only if you have a placard or license plate issued by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.
Parking in an accessible parking space or in the striped access aisles next to the space, even for a couple of minutes, is illegal and can result in fines up to $500.
The striped aisles next to the accessible parking spaces enable older adults and people with disabilities who use canes, walkers, scooters or wheelchairs to safely get in and out of their vehicles.
Reporting violations enables police to target specific areas for enforcement. Police or parking enforcement officers also could issue a parking violation ticket on the spot.
To report parking violations, call the local police non-emergency number in the jurisdiction in which the violation occurs. When calling, have a description of the vehicle (make, model and color), license plate number, location, date, and time
- Fairfax County: 703-691-2131; TTY 703-877-3715
- City of Fairfax: 703-385-7960; TTY 703-359-2480
- City of Falls Church: 703-241-5053
- Herndon Police Department: 703-435-6846
- Vienna Police Department: 703-255-6366
To report the use of expired placards or the suspected misuse or alteration of placards or plates, call the Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles at 877-937-6372, TTY 711.
More details about accessible parking for people with disabilities.