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Significant Changes to Parking Program for Persons with Disabilities
Posted on: 12/20/2013

A new law with significant changes to the Persons with Disabilities Parking Program goes into effect Jan. 1, 2014.

Meter-exempt parking will become limited to those individuals who are physically unable to pay the meter. Patients with a permanent disability who qualify under the new criteria will receive a parking placard that will allow them to park free of charge. Any patient who does not meet the new criteria will still receive a parking placard; however, it will not allow them to park for free.  

As before, physicians will need to fully describe the patient's disability and must now determine whether the patient meets the new disability requirements that will allow him or her to receive a metered-exempt parking placard.

Falsified information will result in severe penalties 

Stiff penalties now exist for falsifying information on the application for parking placards and license plates. These more severe penalties include suspension of driving privileges and fines up to $2,500 for the applicant and physician.

The Secretary of State has developed a poster for display in your office to help deter applicants from applying pressure to physicians to authorize eligibility for a placard.

Learn more, and visit Secretary of State's "Person with Disabilities" web page for future updates.

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