The state is cracking down on handicapped parking abuse. Beginning tomorrow, July 1st, you’ll need a doctor’s prescription in order to get a disabled parking placard. It was rampant misuse and abuse of disabled parking permits that prompted the Washington state legislature to act.
In Seattle, a 2013 auditor’s report showed a loss of $1.4 million a year in parking meter fees due to people cheating the system.
Under the new state law, according to Department of Licensing spokesman David Bennett, penalties for cheating are tougher.
“Illegally obtaining or selling a special parking placard is now a gross misdemeanor instead of an infraction,” Bennett said.
Meaning, you could face criminal charges and a fine of $250 dollars.