A law going into effect next year will make it harder for people to obtain exemptions from parking meters.
Currently, around 683,000 people in Illinois do not have to pay parking meters because they have special disabled placards. However, the new law will pass on those exemptions only to those who cannot access or operate the meters.
The purpose of the law is to cut down on the misuse of the placards throughout the state. Drivers are being told about the new law as they renew their placards. In order to receive the exemption, the individual will have to have documentation from a doctor.
According to Bill Bogdan, the disability liaison with the Illinois secretary of state's office, only around 10 to 15 percent of disabled drivers will qualify.
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