City of Huntsville asks drivers to stay out of blue parking lines

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The City of Huntsville is encouraging drivers to keep handicap parking accessible by staying off the blue lines.

Around many disabled parking spaces, you will notice blue diagonal lines. The City’s Parking and Transit team is seeing an increase in the number of people parking on these lines.

“We’re writing multiple tickets for this and once it goes to court, the ticket recipient will say they didn’t know they couldn’t park there,” said Quisha Bryant, director of the parking and public transport.

She says many drivers with disabilities need extra space to get out of their vehicle and into their wheelchair.

In a press release, the city said the blue lines are part of the accessible van parking spaces, designed for vans with wheelchair lifts. Similar to accessible parking spaces, they include a 96-inch access aisle, marked with the blue-lined boxes. They also have vertical clearance to accommodate the height of the van and include “van accessible” signs.

Bryant asks drivers to be mindful of everyone and their needs.

“Our disabled car parks can enjoy the independence they are allowed to have when they are able to drive their own vehicles and you can still visit your shops and park where you need to park, just making sure you don’t park on those lines, Bryant said.

Bryant says if you park on the blue lines, you could get a ticket. For those with a handicap sticker, the fine is $15, while those without a handicap sticker will be fined $50.