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Portland city council votes to end free disabled parking downtown

Portland city council votes to end free disabled parking downtown

| January 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

The city coffers of Portland, OR, may soon welcome more than $1 million annually when disabled parking permit holders begin paying for parking in its downtown. The city has offered free parking to disabled motorists for decades, but a 2008 change to state law gave local governments the option to suspend free parking to disabled […]

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Tampering with disabled parking placards to draw bigger fines in ME

Tampering with disabled parking placards to draw bigger fines in ME

| October 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Drivers found tampering or using expired disabled parking placards in Portland, Maine may now have to pay a heftier fine of $200. On 21 October, the City Council gave the first reading of this ordinance change in an effort to curb the rampant misuse of disabled passes. If the new rule is implemented, frustrated parking […]

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Stricter laws to curb disabled parking abuse cause nuisances for the disabled

Stricter laws to curb disabled parking abuse cause nuisances for the disabled

| October 7, 2013 | 1 Comment

Accessible parking that started as a move to provide relief to those with disabilities is now extensively misused by the public. An estimated 72% of the 43 million Americans who rely on private automobiles for their transportation are affected by the problem of illegal disabled parking at one time or another. While state laws are gradually […]

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Tougher laws to check disabled parking abuse

Tougher laws to check disabled parking abuse

| August 26, 2013 | 2 Comments

According to a 2010 Seattle DOT report, about 30 to 40 percent of downtown and First Hill spaces are filled with cars possessing disabled parking permits. Out of these permits, over 10 percent were inactive – temporary placards lasting only six months. Presently, the city police estimates 60 percent of disabled placards on the street […]

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