Bill May End Free Metered Parking For Disabled
Only Few Exceptions Will Still Be Allowed To Park Free
Illinois State Rep. Karen May (D-Highland Park) has introduced legislation to take away the free parking meter privileges for all but a minority of drivers with handicap license plates or disabled parking placards according to report in the Chicago Sun-Times.
The Illinois Secretary of State will issue a special free parking sticker to disabled drivers only after qualifying in at least one of four very strict and specific ways through doctor’s verification according to the proposed legislation.
(1) manage, manipulate, or insert coins, or obtain tickets or tokens in parking meters or ticket machines in
parking lots or parking structures, due to the lack of fine motor control of both hands;
(2) reach http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/10826074-452/bill-aims-to-end-free-disability-parking-abuses.htmltrength or mobility;
(3) approach a parking meter due to his or her use of a wheelchair or other device; and
(4) walk more than 20 feet due to an orthopedic, neurological, cardiovascular, or lung condition in which the degree of debilitation is so severe that it almost completely impedes the ability to walk.
If the bill gets passed, it will not only drastically reduce drivers who park for free in Chicago’s metered parking spots for as long as they wish, but also save the city from having to compensate Chicago Parking Meters, LLC for lost revenue due to this problem. CPM billed the city over $13 million last year to compensate for lost revenue from drivers using disabled placards or handicap license plates to park for free.
This legislative language is promising, but it won’t be a surprise if people motivated to keep their free parking privileges figure out a way around this legislation too.
Here’s the Sun-Times version of the story, “Bill aims to end free disability-parking abuses.”