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.

Boat license stickers expire Thursday

June 30, 2010

Tomorrow (Thursday) is an important day for boat owners in Washington state.  Don’t get caught high-and-dry without a boat license.  DOL just sent out a news release on this important topic statewide.  We thought we’d share it here, too:

OLYMPIA—Boating is a popular activity on the Fourth of July holiday and the Department of Licensing doesn’t want an expired boat license to cost you a $257 fine this weekend. All of last year’s boat licenses will be expired on July 1.

 Boat licenses can be renewed online at dol.wa.gov or at a neighborhood vehicle licensing office. Those who choose to renew in an office should make sure to note the registration number on the bow of the boat or watercraft and take that information to the office.

 DOL also would like to remind boaters that haven’t yet signed up for email renewal reminders to visit the agency’s website at dol.wa.gov to sign up to receive a reminder next year.


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