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Parking Meter Rules to Change for Those With Disability Placards, License Plates

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Changes are coming for those with handicap placards and special license plates, but a new permit will exempt certain people from paying for metered parking.

Starting July 1, those with red or blue handicap placards and the special license plate will no longer be able to park at metered spaces for free. You will still be allowed to park in reserved accessible parking spaces, under one of the latest Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes going into effect.

The state Disability and Communication Access Board released Monday a new application form and an instruction sheet for the new "disabled paid parking exemption permit."

Those with a valid driver’s license and a physical disability that prevents them from reaching or operating a parking meter, or unattended pay station are eligible to apply for the permit.

The new permit allows qualified individuals to park at meters and pay stations for free for the first two and a half hours.

A physician or advanced practice registered nurse must complete and sign the second page of the application, certifying the applicant qualifies.

The form is available at Satellite City Halls on Oahu, the DMVL office in Maui and Kauai counties, and the office of aging on Hawaiʻi Island. The form, along with more information, can be found on the Disability and Communication Access Board’s website.

Casey Harlow is an HPR reporter and occasionally fills in as local host of Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Contact him at or on Twitter (@CaseyHarlow).
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