D.C. Council To Consider Disabled Parking Overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) — The D.C. Council is again pushing forward with a major overhaul to the way people with disabilities can park on congested downtown streets.

Councilmember Mary Cheh will introduce a bill Tuesday that would implement the district’s long-stalled “red top” parking meter program.

Currently, drivers with disabled tags or placards can park for free at any meter. Under the new program, all drivers will have to pay for street parking, but about 10 percent of meters on city streets would be red in color and reserved for drivers with disabilities. It’s intended to stop abuse of disabled parking privileges while providing drivers with the accessible parking they need.

The district had been implementing the red-top meter program this spring before the council halted it for further study.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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