Portland City Council to take up proposed limits on disabled parking

Portland City Council to take up proposed limits on disabled parking

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Could Portland be closer to adopting a disabled parking program?

Commissioner Steve Novick started looking into changes to the system amid reports that some people were abusing disabled parking permits to park in spots for the entire day.

A special task force recommended limiting drivers with disabled permits to park for only three hours at a time.

"I think most people with disabilities, if you ask them out of the blue 'do you think you're entitled to free parking?', they'd probably say, 'Well, I'm not entitled to free gas or free cars, so no, I'm not entitled to free parking; I'm entitled to some extra time and some accommodation,'" Novick said. "So that's what we're trying to provide."

Under the plan, people with a wheelchair placard will still be allowed to park all day downtown. However, they will need to buy a permit at the same rate parking garages charge.

Portland's City Council will take up the plan on Thursday.