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Disabled Drivers Will Have Harder Time Finding Free Parking

WQRF/WTVO - And another law that took effect with the new year could help free up disabled parking spaces, for those with the most severe disabilities.
WQRF/WTVO - And another law that took effect with the new year could help free up disabled parking spaces, for those with the most severe disabilities.

The law limits the use of free on-street parking, for the disabled. Now only drivers, whose disabilities  prevent them from being able to feed a meter can park for free.

Before this change, anyone with a disability parking placard could park in those spots, without having to pay. But some people may have abused the system, by parking in the spots for long hours at a time.

"It's a good idea that they're reviewing the process, because I do think it'd been abused and you know if they're perfectly healthy they should be so thankful for that, and we're all supposed to be getting our exercise."

From here on out, drivers with diabilties will need to get a note from their doctors, saying they cannot feed parking meters because they use wheelchairs or can't walk more than 20-feet.

Those who qualify, will get a yellow and gray placard. Everyone else will have blue cards, just as before. They can still park in disabled metered spots on streets, but they'll have to feed the meter.

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