SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Might disabled drivers one day be forced to feed a meter when parking with a blue placard in San Francisco?
That’s just one of the suggestions contained within a report released last Friday by a 15-person committee tasked with evaluating San Francisco’s disabled parking rules.
Nearly half of the committee is made up of members of, or advocates of, the disabled community. The committee as a whole determined that current parking rules aren’t restrictive enough and aren’t being enforced as strictly as they should. Consequently, the blue placards and meter-free disabled parking spots are being abused in San Francisco.
Those rules have been in effect in San Francisco since the 1970s.
Jessie Lorenz, Executive Director of San Francisco’s Independent Living Resource Center, is a member of the committee and supports changes in policy.
“Increasing the number of blue zones around the city by almost 70%,” she suggested, “so that will insure that there are more blue zones available for people who have legitimate parking placards.”