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KNOXVILLE — Effective July 1, the penalty for parking illegally in a handicapped spot will increase from $150 to $200 with no waivers or appeals allowed. These changes were approved by the Tennessee Legislature during its recent session.

“We want UT Knoxville students, faculty and staff to be aware of this significant law change,” said Jeff Maples, senior associate vice chancellor for finance and administration.

The law applies statewide.

On campus, at least 2 percent of all campus parking spaces are designated as handicapped spaces, Maples said.

“The law applies to all vehicles, including official UT vehicles,” he said.

The new law:

• Increases the fine for parking illegally in the handicapped zone from $150 to $200. It is illegal to park in a spot marked with a handicapped parking sign or symbol, as well as any adjacent access aisles marked by diagonal lines.

• Eliminates any waiver or appeal of a citation.

• Stipulates that the offender also could be subject to five hours of community service.

In the past, Maples said, very few offenders appealed the citations and even fewer had their appeals granted.

“But we want people to realize the appeal process no longer exists. This is a state law and we must comply with the approved revisions,” he said.

Students with disabilities who need information or help navigating the campus should contact Disability Services at (865) 974-6087.

Amy Blakely, (865) 974-5034,