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A committee calls for enforcing laws reserving parking spaces for the disabled. Photo: Courtesy

Mérida, Yucatán — For the able-bodied driver who hogs a “handicapped” parking spot? A 1,200-peso fine.

A human rights group is monitoring compliance with laws such as this one, protecting the disabled.

The group, whose name roughly translate to the Technical Committee for Consultation of the Independent State Monitoring Mechanism of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which will monitor compliance of existing laws that call for violators to be fined.

Parking in a handicapped-parking spot without an official tag can cost drivers 1,200 pesos under the law.

In addition, in coordination with the Yucatán Public Security Secretariat and the Mérida Municipal Police Directorate, the “For an Inclusive Yucatan” campaign was launched.

At the“Por un Yucatán Incluyente” event, videos, posters and social media messages were introduced.

At a press event, José Enrique Goff Ailloud, president of Codhey, the state human rights commission, asked attendees for a minute’s silence for the victims of the earthquakes on the other side of the country.

Goff Ailloud lamented the vulnerability of people in Yucatán who endure disabilities.

“It is clear that people with disabilities are still not able to fully obtain the opportunities they expect in the workplace, equal access to goods and services, health, education and transportation,” said Goff Ailloud.  “They face day-to-day barriers such as discrimination, or with architectural spaces not suitable to inclusion and accessibility standards.”

So he called for working together to build a new awareness and understanding of others. Part of that means enforcing laws.

Citizens were urged to dial 911 to report violators.

Source: Press release

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