Red-topped meters throughout the District were supposed to be for people with disabilities. But, in one of D.C.'s worst-kept secrets, those rules weren't being enforced.
That changes Monday.
On Monday, parking officials will begin ticketing people who park at those red-topped meters without a disabled placard. The enforcement will take place in the central business district, which includes around the Capitol, National Mall and White House. It also includes streets as far west as George Washington University and as far north as Dupont Circle.
And if you do get a ticket, the fine is $250.
Another big change: Drivers with disabled placards will have to pay at the meters. Right now, they park at any meter in the city for free.