‘It’s not right’: No more free parking for disabled drivers in Richmond

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Starting tomorrow disabled drivers will have to start paying for parking in Richmond.

The City of Richmond says it’s to stop people from taking advantage of the free parking for disabled drivers.

The city has already put up two parking meters with blue caps, where people who want to park in handicap spots will pay.

Some residents expressed to 8News that they are upset a few people ruined it for everyone.

“I mean I think it’s pretty scummy,” Asher said.

Asher says that people shouldn’t be parking in disabled spots unless they have a placard.

“I think it’s pretty ridiculous for Richmond people to park where handicap people are supposed to park,” Monay Boisseau said.

The changes come after a study revealed that people with disabled parking placards are parking for extended periods of time. It also found that downtown employees and business owners were using the placards illegally.

“It’s not right, and they need to park further alongside the way,” Boisseau said. “I mean, take it as if it was your mother, your father who needs assistance to park closer to the vicinity or the facility. That’s not right and that’s not fair.” 

The city says parking fees from handicap spots will support vision zero initiative to maintain crosswalks, access ramps and audio crossing signals.

Still, residents believe there’s a better way to handle the situation.

“Write them a ticket, suspend their license,” Asher said. “Do something other than charge the people who need the spots to use the spots.”

The city says during this first week they will give violators a warning, but after that they’re giving out citations.

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