Disability Parking Meters to Be Reevaluated in D.C.

Anyone can park in a space with a red-top meter in D.C. and after reports of mass confusion, District officials will reconsider the system.

Members of D.C. Council admitted today that the disability parking system is flawed and said they will work on fixes.

"These red top meters, whoever came up with this idea, crazy," Ward 2 Council Member Jack Evans said. "I wouldn't be sitting here today other than 700 of them ended up in my ward."

One thousand of the meters can be found in D.C. now. While anyone can park at a spot with a red-top meter as long as they pay the meter, anyone with a disability placard can park there for free.

The people the meters are designed to help want D.C. officials to change the current system. Lewis Wolf, who walks using a prosthesis, said people use fake handicap placards and park in red-top spaces all day.

"Frankly, I think it's a criminal matter," he said.

D.C. officials will seek public input on how to change the disability parking system.

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Archie Harris said parking attendants have told him he can park in red-top spaces, but he's still been ticketed twice.

"I'm an attorney and I still can't figure this stuff out," he said.

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