North Carolina has approved a new look for placards used by drivers who park in spaces reserved for people with disabilities.
The new placards, for display on rear view mirrors, will be available from the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles beginning Monday.
The blue and white parking placard is good for five years. The temporary placard has a red block at the top and is good for six months.
The new design is intended to make the placards more visible to law enforcement officers and show expiration dates on each side.
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The redesign came out of a study authorized by the legislature. One goal was to decrease misuse of the placards.
The cost for a placard remains $5, and a physician’s signature is required to verify the applicant’s disability. Applications are available at www.ncdot.gov/dmv/forms.
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