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A Matter Of Opinion

Thu., Feb. 19, 2009, 2:28 p.m.

Parking meter clarification

If you've been in the immediate area surrounding the Fox Theatre lately, you've probably noticed the signs affixed to parking meters and bearing the graphic logo that designates parking spots for handicapped drivers. The signs say those spots are available for authorized drivers for up to four hours (although many if not all of the affected meters have two-hour limits).

Apparently I'm not the only one who was a little puzzled as to what that means.  Today, City Hall issued a notice acknowledging there has been some head-scratching.

The signs do not prohibit non-handicapped drivers from using those parking spots under the normal meter-feeding expectations.  But drivers with handicap tags may park there for free for up to four hours.

The word is out,  but for day-in-day-out clarity, it seems to me the signs ought to be more explicit.

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