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CHANGES TO THE DISABILITES PARKING PROGRAM THROUGH THE STATE OF ILLINOIS

By April 1, 2013, a new Disabilities License Plate/Placard Unit, which will handle and process all permanent placard and plate requests, will be operating in Springfield.

Because of the passage of House Bill (PA 97-0845) creates a new two-tiered parking program for persons with disabilities allowing for only persons with certain types of disabilities to qualify for meter-exempt parking in cities and municipalities.

* In addition to the current blue (permanent) and red (temporary) disabled parking placards currently used in Illinois, a third placard, distinctive from the blue and red placards, will be introduced for those persons qualifying for meter-exempt parking.

* Beginning in April 2013, the Secretary of State will start the recertification process for all current applicants by mailing information to them along with a new certification form.

* The recertification form will have a new section for the physician to execute indicating whether the applicant has a disability that would qualify them for meter exempt parking.

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Types of Disabilities That Will Qualify an Applicant For Meter Exempt Parking

* Patient cannot manage, manipulate or insert coins, or obtain tickets or tokens in parking meters or ticket machines in parking lots due to the lack of fine motor control of BOTH hands.

* Patient cannot reach above his/her head to a height of 42 inches from the ground due to a lack of finger, hand or upper-extremity strength or mobility.

* Patient cannot approach a parking meter due to his/her use of a wheelchair or other device for mobility.

* Patient cannot approach a parking meter due to his/her use of a wheelchair or other device for mobility.

* Patient cannot walk more than 20 feet due to an orthopedic, neurological, cardiovascular or lung condition in which the degree of debilitation is so severe that is almost completely impedes the ability to walk.

Please note: Economic need will not be a consideration to qualify for meter-exempt parking.

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* ALL applicants will need to visit their physician and have the recertification form competed.

* Upon receipt of the executed form, the Secretary of State’s Office will issue a new disabled parking placard to the applicant. If the person has a permanent disability that qualifies for meter-exempt parking, they will be issued the new color placard. If the person has a permanent disability that does not qualify for meter-exempt parking, they will be issued a new blue disabled parking placard.

* The placards will be valid through 2018, and expire on the applicant’s birthday.

* Qualification for the red (temporary disability) placard and the green (organizational) placards will remain the same; however, they will not qualify for “meter-exempt parking.

* Persons with any type of disabled parking placard will still be allowed to park in designated disabled parking spaces at malls as well as grocery and retail stores were no parking meters are present.

Resources For Additional Information:

 

http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/services/persons_with_disabilities/disabilities.html

http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/disabilitypub.html

Phone: 217-782-2434, 217-782-2887, or 217-782-2709.