November 16, 2013 | KOIN.com-- Downtown and Lloyd District business owners are about to get something for which they've lobbied for years: more on-street parking spaces for their shoppers.
The city isn't adding curbside parking, but a new set of parking regulations could free up as many as one in three spaces in heavily used streets downtown. That's the number of spaces that typically are filled all day by downtown residents and workers with disabled parking permits. The permits allow their owners to stay as long as they wish in metered spots, without paying.
On Thursday, city Commissioner Steve Novick released a draft of new rules to govern disabled parking permits, which, if adopted by the City Council, will require most drivers with disabled parking permits to pay for their parking.
One day last October, the Portland Bureau of Transportation counted more than 1,000 cars with disabled parking permits parked in metered spaces downtown and in the Lloyd District. Transportation experts say the problem of disabled permit abuse is a national one and that in some cities as much as 90 percent of the permits are being used by people who are not truly disabled. Obtaining a permit requires only that a driver get a physician to sign an authorization form. There is no READ FULL ARTICLE