CHICAGO (CBS) — Free parking at meters is about to go away from some holders of disability parking placards, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

Disable parking placards are up for renewal and the rules have changed.

“If the individual with the disability is eligible for the meter-exempt parking, they must have the new certification filled out by their physician and turn it into us in order to receive the new meter-exempt parking placard. The current card placard they have come January 1 will no longer be valid for meter-exempt parking,” said Bill Bogdan, the Illinois Secretary of State’s disability liaison.

To be eligible for the meter exemption, a doctor has to certify a person needs a wheelchair or prosthetic device, can’t reach a meter, has lost the use of a hand or arm or can’t walk 20 feet without resting due to a medical condition.

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