A new plan would reserve just about 10% of all meter parking in DC for the disabled. At the same time that plan is expected to cut down on the abuse of a long time policy which allows those with a disabled parking placard to park at meters for free.
The proposed legislation was unveiled in front of the Wilson Building Monday by Councilmember Mary Cheh. Cheh spoke about the public outcry that began shortly after the red top parking meter program was first rolled out earlier this year. Many complained the program was confusing and that there were not enough red top meters throughout the city. When the program began there were only about 500 red top meters. Under Cheh's plan there will be 1800 red top meters.
"The program got off to what we can characterize as a fairly rocky start," said Cheh.
Under this new plan no one will park for free. The fee at a red top meter will be the same for disabled drivers. Those who park at red top meters will be allowed to book their parking fee through a mobile app without the normal service charge other current pay each time they park.
Cheh's office says currently there are only 450 red top meters in place on the street. There are 1150 meters sitting in a warehouse. If Cheh's plan is approved, the city will have to order another 300 meters.
At this point the red top meters are not being enforced. Tickets are not issued to people parking in those locations.