State House OKs restrictions on disabled parking permits

OLYMPIA – A nearly unanimous state House has approved changing rules for obtaining disabled parking placards and displaying them in vehicles.

House Bill 2463 passed on a 95-1 vote late Monday night and now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Lawmakers hope the revisions will curtail abuse of the placards by able-bodied drivers seeking to enjoy the benefit of unlimited free parking accorded to vehicles with placards or bearing a disabled driver license plate.

However, before approving the bill, the House added language to allow cities and counties to impose some time limits on parking in their communities.

Under the bill, health care practitioners must provide signed authorization for a patient to obtain special parking privileges on “tamper-resistant” prescription pad or office letterhead. Current law lets them sign a standard application form and lawmakers think the change will reduce the chance of people forging their doctor’s signature.

The bill also requires placards be displayed so the serial number and expiration date are visible from a distance of 10 feet. Failure to do so could lead to a ticket with a $450 fine.

It also says if a person is found to have unlawfully obtained or transferred their placard, plate, tab or card, they could be forced by a court to give it up.

More in Local News

Man shot dead after argument at bar south of Everett

Police say an employee of the bar shot and killed the man, who had opened fire in the parking lot.

Suspect sought in two Everett bank robberies

He’s described as 5-foot-10 to 6-foot-1, with dark hair and a goatee, and may have a neck tattoo.

They check tickets, help riders, sometimes get screamed at

13 sheriff’s deputies (so far) patrol Community Transit’s fleet of nearly 300 buses.

Three teens arrested for Marysville school vandalism

Windows were broken and a trash bin was on fire Sunday night at a Marysville middle school.

Alaska Airlines to announce Paine Field destinations Tuesday

The Snohomish County airport’s passenger terminal is slated to see flights this fall.

Langley mayor threatens newspaper with lawsuit

The mayor threatened to sue the paper over claims he withheld public records disclosure information.

Two missing men found, one alive and one dead

The man found alive was found in an apartment across the hallway and taken to a hospital.

Community Health Center opening its seventh clinic

The nonprofit is dedicated to providing care for low-income and uninsured patients.

More help is coming for homeless addicts

The county plans to repurpose its former work release building in for use as a diversion center.

Most Read