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Parking problems for the handicapped at Wichita State University exacerbated by construction

Parking problems for the handicapped at Wichita State University exacerbated by construction

| February 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

With four major construction projects underway, space is tight at Wichita State University (WSU), especially when trying to find parking. The overall amount of parking spaces has decreased, but not for the disabled, who must be allocated a certain number of spots by law. Grady Landrum, director of the campus office of disability services, says […]

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Benefits for disabled parking placards in Illinois curtailed

Benefits for disabled parking placards in Illinois curtailed

| January 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

This month, drivers in Chicago who slide into a metered parking spot and who neglect to feed it because their rear-view window sports the familiar blue disabled parking placards will be courting a $65 fine. That’s because Illinois state law now requires all placard holders to pay for parking, unless they use a wheelchair, can’t […]

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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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Public employees gaming TN’s disabled parking system, say officials

Public employees gaming TN’s disabled parking system, say officials

| December 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

When the Tennessee General Assembly meets in January, it will reconsider overturning a law that distinguishes it from other states: allowing local governments to charge disabled motorists a fee for parking on any municipally owned or leased street, metered space, or lot. Suspicious numbers of applicants from public employees at the Knox County City/County Building, […]

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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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Chicago’s new disabled placard gets tough on meter parking frauds

Chicago’s new disabled placard gets tough on meter parking frauds

| August 26, 2013 | 1 Comment

The administration in Chicago, Illinois is set to tighten the noose on disabled parking placard abusers. The new state law will add new gray and yellow ‘meter exempt permanent placards’ to the current blue/red placards and disability license plates.  While holders of the old placards can still park in accessible parking spots, they can no […]

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Crackdown on disabled parking placard abuse in Washington state

Crackdown on disabled parking placard abuse in Washington state

| August 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Volunteers for the Lacey Police Department in Washington state kept having to ask themselves: Were the disabled parking placards they were finding in drivers’ cars valid? Drivers were placing them on vehicle dashboards and then deliberately hiding the expiration date, the volunteers said in their complaints to Rep. Sam Hunt, D-Olympia, last year. The state legislator […]

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Vigilante app or helpful aid for accessible parking?

Vigilante app or helpful aid for accessible parking?

| July 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Winnipeg, Canada, became the testing ground last month for a mobile app that is either a boon for frustrated drivers, city revenues, and the disabled in search of accessible parking, or an enabling force for bounty hunters and nightmarish litigation. The app, called Spot Squad, allows users to take a photo of a parking violation—a […]

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The end of free disabled parking?

The end of free disabled parking?

| July 24, 2013 | 2 Comments

Known (and satirized) for its eco-friendly, left-leaning politics, Portland, OR, may have recently hardened its warm, fuzzy public image. Last week an editorial in the local paper suggested that those with accessible parking permits should pay for on-street parking—just like everyone else. Does this spell the end of free disabled parking? Currently, Portland, like many […]

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Orlando gets tough on abusers of disabled parking permits

Orlando gets tough on abusers of disabled parking permits

| July 12, 2013 | 1 Comment

At nearly 3 a.m. before the Fourth of July weekend, Judith Beal found herself facing jail time for illegally using a disabled parking permit in downtown Orlando. Police had spotted her Chevrolet in a handicapped parking spot late on a Saturday and grew suspicious. They ran the placard hanging from her window and discovered it […]

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