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MAKING A REPORT Oklahoma City ordinances allow for the enforcement of handicapped parking regulations citywide, even on private property. Also, motorcycles and cars illegally parked in the van-accessible side-striped areas are subject to ticketing or towing.
• To report illegal handicapped parking in Oklahoma City, call the Action Center at 297-2535 or the Handicap Parking Enforcement Specialist program at 316-4050.
• Outside of Oklahoma City, contact a local police department, action center or parking enforcement program. Parking isn’t only barrier
Steven Stokes, director of the Office of Disability Concerns, said that not having accessible parking is but one form of discrimination disabled people meet. "It’s the first barrier that’s encountered in individuals with disabilities,” said Stokes, who is handicapped. "It’s a problem, and it will remain one because the population is growing older and we are living longer with disability.” Stokes said that when people encounter problems they should act by calling their local law enforcement agency.
The Handicap Parking Enforcement Specialist program was started by the Oklahoma City Police Department in 1990. All enforcement specialists are trained civilian officers and the majority of them have handicaps.