Starting Thursday a new handicapped parking law goes into effect.
Vermonters who illegally park in spaces reserved for people with disabilities now face a stiffer fine. It's doubling -- from $100 to $200. Sarah Launderville is with the Vermont Center for Independent Living and says the new law will have a big impact.
"For years, we have been receiving calls from people who can't park in an accessible spot because someone has been parked in it that doesn't have an accessible placard, that doesn't have a disability. And so it makes it really difficult for people to get into the store to shop or get to their job or school or whatnot. So it's really important to make sure those spaces are available," she said.
Vermont law also requires public buildings to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act when it comes to the number of parking spaces available.