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Ill. law limits use of disabled parking placards

CHICAGO – A state law that took effect Wednesday limits the use of free on-street parking by the disabled.

Now, only motorists whose impairments prevent them from being able to pay a meter can park for free in those spots.

Before, anyone with a disability parking placard could do so.

Now, motorists will have to get statements from doctors affirming they cannot feed parking meters, for example, because they use wheelchairs or cannot walk more than 20 feet.

Those qualifying will get a yellow and gray placard. Others with blue placards will still be able to park in disabled spots in parking lots, but they’ll have to pay at metered spots.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office said Chicago will give drivers a 15-day grace period. Fines of up to $65 will start Jan. 16.

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