D.C. Considers Halting Disabled Parking Changes

Council member Murel Bowser behind emergency legislation

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012  |  Updated 8:27 AM EDT
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D.C. Considers Halting Disabled Parking Changes

NBCWashington.com

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The red top meters could get the red light from the D.C. Council today.

D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser will introduce emergency legislation today that would temporarily suspend enforcement of the red top meter program.

Before the red top meters, drivers with disabled tags or temporary disabled permits were able to park at any meter for double the time for free.

When enforcement of the new meters begins next month, disabled persons will have designated meters and will be required to pay. Disabled persons will received double the parking time than other non-red top meters. The new program is all part of the District’s new ‘All May Park, All Must Pay’ parking rule.

But some say the program makes parking more of a problem for disabled drivers.

“It comes down to this: disabled parking is already insufficient in the city, parking enforcement is draconian, and the critics are rightly concerned that the new parking rules were implemented without a lot of public input,” said John B. Townsend II, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Manager of Public and Government Affairs.

Council member Bowser’s legislation would temporarily suspend these red top meters.

Bowser says the program is problematic, confusing, and should be subject to public hearing.
 

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