New parking regulation strikes

By Angel Enriquez
On October 5, 2018

Angelo State University started to enforce a new parking regulation in September, and it is an odd one.

Until recently, individuals who qualified and possessed an American with Disabilities Act license plate on their motorcycle were able to park in designated motorcycle parking without a permit.

This is because those that have ADA license plates are authorized to park in ADA or "handicap" parking without separate permits.

These newly enforced regulations now force those individuals to park in one of only 30 ADA parking spots around the academic sector of campus.

These parking spots are almost always full.

On the other hand, there are about 30 motorcycle parking spots around the same area that are either empty or partially occupied.

Most spots have space for two and it is motorcycle etiquette to leave room.

I have been parking my motorcycle in front of the library since Jan. 2018 without an issue up until the week of Sept. 19.

Why now? Why start enforcing this rule now after almost a year of the understanding I was given an accommodation by parking services back in January?

I ride my motorcycle for convenience, efficiency and affordability; I do not like having to occupy an entire parking spot with a motorcycle when there are much better solutions.

Requiring disabled individuals to fight between the limited parking spots or buy an expensive permit or risk receiving a ticket for parking in an unauthorized spot is the wrong thing especially when a motorcycle has to take up a whole parking spot.

Is Angelo State and Parking Services here for the money, or are they truly here for the students?

Time will tell, and, hopefully, Angelo State will step up and do the right thing for their disabled veterans and citizens.

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