Handicap parking fees to increase

YASMEEN WAFAI, Evergreen assistant editor

Handicap parking tickets for on campus lots will go up by $200 starting Nov. 1.

Those who illegally park in disability parking spots on campus already risk a $250 fine, but will now be charged an additional $200, making the total fine $450.

Half of the $200 fee will go to the Washington State Accessible Communities account, and the other half will go toward the Washington State Multimodal Transportation account, according to a news release.

The additional fine has been part of Washington law for several years. Associate Director of Transportation Services Chris Boyan said they became aware of the additional $200 fine after looking through state disability parking infractions, and then decided to implement it.

“The whole idea of enforcement is to help manage and protect parking spaces,” Boyan said. “That’s why we do it.”

Boyan said that after deciding it was time to enact the additional part of the fine, they gave the university time to digest the information. However, Boyan said they have not gotten much feedback or any questions about the additional fine.

He said they have notified the parking appeals committee, WSU Transportation Services staff and the Transportation Taskforce about the additional fine.

“We’re doing the best we can to get the word out and hope people don’t park illegally,” Boyan said.

He said Transportation Services occasionally responds to complaints about cars in disability parking spots, but explained that they do not give out many fines because people try to avoid such a large violation.

Boyan said this additional fee is the only new fine they found in their re-inspection of current state law that will go into effect.