Law designed to reduce abuse of disabled parking takes effect July 1

June 26, 2015

OLYMPIA – Changes to the laws governing special parking privileges for persons with disabilities will take effect July 1 and are aimed at reducing the number of people who abuse disabled parking permits.

 
Changes include requiring a written prescription from a licensed health care provider to obtain disabled parking privileges and requiring a new application for every renewal. The application also includes a new fraud warning on the application to remind applicants and healthcare providers it is a gross misdemeanor if they knowingly provide false information.
 
The new laws also extend temporary parking placards from up to six months to up to 12 months and increases the penalty of illegally obtaining a disabled parking placard, license plate, tab, or identification card from a traffic infraction to a misdemeanor.
 
The changes were recommended by a group formed to develop a plan to eliminate abuse of the program. Participants included Department of Licensing, Department of Health, disabled citizen advocacy groups and local governments. The work group also gathered input from the public.
 
These changes were included in Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2463 passed by the Legislature in 2014. More information is available at dol.wa.gov.

DOL welcomes public comment on the Disability Parking Study

August 6, 2013

dis-1The Legislature asked the Department of Licensing to create a workgroup to examine the use of disabled parking placards and special license plates for persons with disabilities, and develop a strategic plan for ending any abuse.

The workgroup is made up of representatives from DOL, Department of Health, City of Seattle, Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment, and Arc of Washington.

The workgroup has been meeting since June to research and review data to determine where potential abuse may be, develop measures to reduce fraudulent use and issuance, and suggest ways to strengthen administrative processes, while minimizing the impact to individuals who really need these privileges.

The deadline for public comments is October 15, 2013.

The workgroup will report its findings—and a strategic plan on ideas to potentially reduce abuse—to the Legislature by December 1, 2013.

The public may share ideas with the workgroup by sending an email to: DPWorkgroup@dol.wa.gov.

 


DOL redesigns disabled parking tabs for specialty license plates

June 23, 2009

DP_tab_2by Brad Benfield, DOL Media Relations Manager

On July 1, the Department of Licensing (DOL) will start issuing a redesigned disabled parking privilege license plate tab for use on specialty license plates.

This special tab can be used to make most types of specialty license plates function like a regular disabled parking (DP) license plate. They can’t be used on standard issue plates, regular disabled parking plates, rideshare plates, ham radio operator plates or on license plates that do not require annual renewal.

DP_plate_decalIn the past, the DP tab was produced using the same color background and text as regular license expiration tabs. The new DP tabs will be produced with a bright yellow background with black text. This will make them much easier to distinguish from standard license tabs.

DOL began working on this change following reports that the tab used for this purpose looked too much like a regular tab and wasn’t being recognized as a legitimate DP parking credential by law enforcement, parking attendants or other motorists.

Individuals requesting the new yellow disabled parking tab also will receive… (Read more).