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January 2015
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  • Be Prepared when Patients Ask for Meter-Exempt Parking Placards

    Kick off the new year by reviewing the law that “drove” significant changes to the Persons with Disabilities Parking Program.

    Here are the key points of the law, which became effective Jan. 1, 2014:

    • Free meter parking is limited to those individuals who are physically unable to pay the meter. Patients with a permanent disability who qualify under the 2014 criteria for meter exempt parking will receive a parking placard that will allow them to park free of charge.

    • Physicians must fully describe the patient's disability and determine whether the patient meets the new disability requirements that will allow him or her to receive a metered-exempt parking placard.

    • The law assigns stiff penalties for falsifying information on the application for parking placards and license plates, including suspension of driving privileges and fines up to $2,500 for the applicant and physician.

    To help deter applicants from applying pressure to physicians to authorize eligibility for a placard, the Secretary of State’s office developed a poster that you may display in your office.

    Learn more by visiting ISMS’ Disability webpage and the Secretary of State’s Person with Disabilities webpage.

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