[Vtr-tac] Disabled License Plate and Placard Legislation

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Wed Aug 12 09:20:33 CDT 2009


Please review and distribute as appropriate.  

Tax Assessor-Collectors:

This is notification of the provisions of several pieces of legislation enacted by the 81st Legislature, Regular Session, that relate specifically to disabled person license plates and placards.

HB 3095
Effective September 1, 2009, HB 3095 provides that Blue placards are to be issued to persons with a permanent disability (previously mobility disability) and Red placards are to be issued to persons with a temporary disability (previously non-mobility disability).  

This legislation also provides that parking spaces or areas designated for the exclusive use of vehicles transporting persons with disabilities may be used by vehicles displaying a white on blue or red placard and license plates issued under Section 504.201 (Disabled Person license plates) or 504.202 (Disabled Veteran license plates).

In addition, the fines and community service hours are increased for disabled parking offenses.

Placards will be redesigned to remove *PERM* and *TEMP* once the existing inventories have been depleted.  Programming changes to accommodate the provisions of House Bill 3095 are currently scheduled for September 1, 2009, with RTS Release Version 6.0.1.  Release notes for the new RTS Version will outline the procedures to follow concerning this statute change. 

SB 0052
Effective September 1, 2009, SB 0052 provides for increased fines and hours of community service for disabled parking offenses.

This legislation also provides that law enforcement can seize a Disabled Person Identification Placard if the first 4 digits of the driver license or personal identification number on the placard do not belong to either the person operating the vehicle (applicant on behalf of the disabled person) or the disabled person.

SB 1367
Effective September 1, 2009, SB 1367 provides that the initial Application for Persons with Disabilities Parking Placard and/or License Plates or notarized prescription may be issued by an Optometrist, licensed in this state or a state adjacent to this state.

SB 1984
Effective immediately, SB 1984 provides that the initial Application for Persons with Disabilities Parking Placard and/or License Plates or notarized prescription may be issued by a Physician Assistant, licensed in the state or a state adjacent to this state, if being issued for a person who resides in a county with a population of 125,000 or less.

The Application for Persons with Disabilities Parking Placard and/or License Plates (Form VTR-214) is currently being revised to accommodate these legislative changes.

If you have any questions or need additional information please contact your local Vehicle Titles and Registration Division Regional Office.

Thanks,

--Rebecca

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