About Parking for People with Ailments
Northwest Vista College cares about the safety of all of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors, including those with ailments, including physical and mental challenges, and other special needs. We want to ensure that we provide equal parking opportunities to everyone.
Please practice our NVC Touchstone of Caring!
A driver or passenger must have a legal permit to park in a space reserved for persons with physical and/or mental challenges (often referred to as "handicapped" or "disabled" parking). These permits include license plates and placards with the symbol of a person in a wheelchair or "DV" for veterans.
- Remember that one of the main purposes of these parking spaces is the safety of persons with physical and mental challenges, not convenience.
- People in wheelchairs are in danger when moving behind vehicles in a parking lot because it is difficult for drivers to see them. Watch a video about why accessible parking spaces are about safety!
- People in wheelchairs often use modified vans with lifts or ramps that require up to 8 feet on the side. Therefore, if people are parked too close to an accessible van, the person in a wheelchair may not be able to exit or enter the vehicle. Also, these ramps and lifts may damage other vehicles if they are too close.
- People with hearing impairments cannot hear oncoming traffic or vehicles backing out so they are in danger when walking behind vehicles in a parking lot.
Did you know?
- The driver or a passenger who is in the car must be assigned to the tag to park in a space reserved for the challenged person.
- Using a parking permit that is not yours is against the law
- Violating the law can result in a fine of at least $230
- Texas Department of Motor Vehicles:FAQs about Disabled Parking
- Texas State Office of the Governor: Parking for Persons with Disabilities
- Texas State Transportation Code: Title 7.Subtitle H. Chapter 681
- City of San Antonio: Disabled Parking Information
- ADA Technical Assistance: Van Accessible Parking Spaces