The District will begin enforcing meters with distinctive red tops next month in an effort to provide parking for people with disabilities in some of the city’s commercial areas.
The red top meters are reserved for drivers who display valid disability placards or license plates. These drivers can park at the meters for twice as long as the allotted time, so long as they pay for that time period.
The District will begin enforcing these meters on March 1, which means ticketing or towing vehicles that don’t have the proper identification or haven’t paid the parking fee.
There are nearly 400 of the red top meters installed in the central business district and parts of Southwest Washington near federal buildings.
At the red top meters, if you park on a block where it costs $2 per hour and there’s a two-hour time limit, you can stay there for four hours as long as you pay the $8 parking fee. This replaces the system allowing free parking at metered spaces for such vehicles.
Drivers who park at a red top meter during February and don’t have disability placards or plates could get a warning notice from parking enforcement officers.
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