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City announces changes to parking program for those with disabilities

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 12:00 p.m. CDT

WHEATON – With a new law in the books from the Illinois General Assembly, Wheaton residents with disabilities will have to re-certify their disabled placards with the state, according to a city news release.

Beginning January 1, 2014, only people with certain types of disabilities will be exempt from paying parking meter fees. Pending reapplication and approval, those exempt will be issued a new yellow and gray striped "metered exempt" parking placard.

Those who do not have that specific striped card will be required to pay for metered parking, even if he or she has a temporary or permanent parking placard.

The new law requires that all current holders of disability license plates and placards be re-certified by the Illinois Secretary of State, according to the release. The process will take place throughout the rest of the year.

For more information, residents are encouraged to contact the nearest Secretary of State Driver's License Facility or visit the Illinois Secretary of State's website at www.cyberdriveillinois.com/services/persons_with_disabilities/disabilities.html

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