Washington may end free parking for disabled drivers

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state of Washington is considering ending free on-street parking for most disabled drivers because some people are misusing disabled parking passes.

The Daily Herald reports a new report delivered to lawmakers recommends people who can feed coins into a meter should pay. The report recommends only those who are physically unable to reach a machine should be allowed to park for free.

More than 700,000 Washington drivers have disabled parking permits.

The working group that wrote the report hopes eliminating some free parking will stop those who stay too long in their parking places.

The report recommends cities and counties be given the authority to allow for free parking or additional time for all placard holders if they choose.

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