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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Letter to the Editor: New legislation on accessible parking in effect

  • This past session the legislature passed an amendment to the law regarding accessible parking in the state. Persons with accessible parking placards or license plates have long been frustrated by the lack of such designated parking areas, the lack of law enforcement of those areas, or the general rudeness of citizens using the areas illegally.
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  •     This past session the legislature passed an amendment to the law regarding accessible parking in the state.  Persons with accessible parking placards or license plates have long been frustrated by the lack of such designated parking areas, the lack of law enforcement of those areas, or the general rudeness of citizens using the areas illegally.
        Thus effective August 1, 2013 the followed took effect:
       Sec. 36. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 169.346, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:
         Subd. 1a.  Disability parking when designated spaces occupied or unavailable.  In the event the designated disability parking spaces are either occupied or unavailable, a vehicle bearing a valid disability parking certificate issued under section 169.345 or license plates for physically disabled persons under section 168.021 “may park at an angle and occupy two standard parking spaces”.
        The organization I represent has fielded numerous complaints throughout our 12 county NW Minnesota service area about this issue, relative to the three points made above.

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