New parking law requires disabled drivers to pay fees at city lots

More than 90,000 people statewide own a disabled parking placard, and some of the parking rules applying to them were causing some confusion.

“We wanted to at least have consistency across all different parking structures,” said Francine Wai, Disability and Communication Access Board Executive Director.

But now a new Oahu law should help sort out that confusion.

Once the law goes into effect it will require individuals with disabled parking to now pay a fee at certain city lots something they didn’t have to do before.

“What this law or ordinance does is, it standardizes between state and city and it only affects the nine municipal lots that are under city control and that have an attendant,” said Wai.

Those nine lots include:

  • Hale Pauahi
  • Marin Tower
  • Kekaulike Courtyards
  • Harbor Court
  • Chinatown Gateway
  • Kukui Plaza
  • Smith-Beretania
  • Alii place
  • Kaimuki Municipal lot no. 1

“Getting free parking was never intended to be a financial benefit,” said Wai. “It was because the meters were inaccessible and when you go into a lot there are no meters to pay there’s just an attendant.”

Parking on city streets that have a parking meters will continue to be free for the first two and half hours.

A public meeting will be held by the city at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning at the Mission Memorial Buildings first floor conference room.

The plan is to make the switch to the new rules January 1st, but those plans are not yet set.

“My understanding is that the city would like to provide the public with an opportunity to understand the implications of the ordinance that was just passed.,” said Wai.

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