After a brief pilot period where DDOT installed 400 red top parking meters for handicapped drivers, there are now plans to install an additional 1,100 between now and April 17. By that time, about nine percent of metered spaces in the District will be reserved for disabled drivers, and they’ll be expected to pay for parking or face a $25 fine.

DDOT notes: “By requiring everyone to pay to park at any District meter, the program will remove the incentive for fraudulent use of disability placards and license plates by persons without disabilities. The program will also enforce longstanding but previously unenforceable time limits.”

Of course, that requires that the city hire enough meter enforcement officials.

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