April 08, 2020

Equal parking access

In recent weeks the Bangor Daily News has printed several letters concerning issues related to parking for the disabled. These writers, as well as everyone interested in this issue, need to be aware there is legislation (LD 3302) pending before the second session of the Legislature which will address these and many more issues relating to parking for motorists with disabilities.

Effective Jan. 1, 1996, the Legislature stiffened statutes (Title 29) that applied to who and how those who qualified for special parking plates and placards are registered. The current proposal, An act to ensure standardized statewide enforcement of regulations relating to parking for motorists and-or passengers with disabilities, will complement and complete that earlier effort. Those changes to existing measures as well as additional provisions will result in greater access to services and businesses, easier to locate and access parking spaces, increased enforcement in all parking facilities, both public and private, and much stiffer fines providing hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue to Maine communities.

However, in order for these necessary changes to become law, it is important we all join in urging our legislators to support LD 3302. Representatives can be reached by calling 1-800-432-2900; senators by calling 1-800-432-6900. For those with access to the Internet, home, office and e-mail addresses, as well as local phone numbers for legislators can be found by connecting to the state of Maine Legislative Homepage at www.state.me.us/legis.

While most drivers in Maine respect existing laws, thousands continue to thumb their collective noses at these special laws to make LD 3302 necessary. Together we can create an atmosphere of equal access and opportunity for all motorists. Jon Sias Eddington

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