D.C. To Consider Halting Disabled Parking Changes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The D.C. Council will consider halting major changes to the way disabled drivers park in the city.

Councilmember Muriel Bowser is asking her colleagues to support emergency legislation that would temporarily suspend enforcement of the city’s new “red-top” parking meter program.

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. Enforcement is set to begin next month.

Mayor Vincent Gray’s administration says the changes would cut down on fraud while providing disabled people with the accessible parking they need. But Bowser says the program is problematic and confusing and should be subject to a public hearing.

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