State gets new disability parking placards

July 15, 2013 (SPRINGFIELD)

A new law that takes effect in January allows free metered parking only for drivers who have a doctor's note.

Since May, Illinois officials have been mailing applications for new, yellow-gray placards that are for drivers who have a permanent disability and are exempt from paying parking meter fees. There are blue placards for people with permanent disabilities who are not meter-exempt.

Legislators hope the new placards will cut down on those qualified to park for free and on cheaters who use the placards illegally.

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