WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The D.C. Council has temporarily halted major changes to the way disabled drivers park in the city.

The council approved emergency legislation Tuesday that suspends enforcement of the district’s new “red-top” parking meter program for 90 days.

Currently, drivers with disabled tags or temporary disabled permits can park for free at meters for double the posted time period. But the “red-top” meter program would reserve 1,500 meters for people with disabilities and require them to pay or face $250 fines.

The program was intended to stop fraudulent use of disabled placards and provide disabled drivers with the accessible parking they need. But Councilmember Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) says the district’s transportation department is placing an undue burden on disabled drivers without seeking their input.

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