In an effort to crack down on meter cheating, Illinois legislators are considering a bill that would set up free metered parking for those who disabilities affect their ability to use parking meters and end it for others who have disabled placards and license plates.
Starting in 2014, only wheelchair-bound people and others who are physically unable to feed meters would be allowed to park in metered spots without having to feed meters or parking payboxes, according to the legislation.
New placards would be issued to those who qualify for the free parking. The legislation is based on a system set up in Michigan, which reduced free metered parking to about 2% of those with disability placards or license plates.
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