An effort to reduce the improper use of handicapped parking spaces goes into effect January 1st.
The State of Iowa will no longer issue “lifetime” handicapped parking permits — those blue plastic placards with a wheelchair symbol in white that are to hang on the rear view mirror when a vehicle is parked in a designated handicapped space.
Mark Lowe, interim director of the Iowa Department of Transportation — says the D-O-T has issued about half a million of those “lifetime” permits and they’re supposed to be turned into the D-O-T when the person dies.
OC………….has passed away.” ;10
Representative Larry Sheets of Moulton said during House debate of this change that too many non-expiring placards are being used “well beyond the death” of the person who got the permit.
OC………available parking spot.” :07
The state isn’t yanking the “lifetime” handicapped parking permits that are out there.
Starting in January, Iowans with a doctor’s recommendation will only be able to get permits that are good for either six months or five years.