By Tori Mason

DENVER (CBS4)– Under the Chris Hinds Act, Colorado drivers with certain disabilities no longer have to pay parking meters. The act creates a purple placard that exempts drivers with a disability from paying for parking at meters if their disability impacts their ability to pay.

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Hinds has been a paraplegic since 2008. He received the first purple placard in Colorado at the Department of Motor Vehicles on Monday morning.

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Colorado already had a similar law in place, but Hinds learned the hard way that all areas didn’t have to enforce it.

A few years ago, Hinds assumed the previous law allowed him to park meter-free on the Auraria Campus. He had a ticket on his windshield when he got back to his car.

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That’s when Hinds pushed to fix the loophole, and create a new law that honors the purple placard at all meters.

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Specifically, the Chris Hinds Act details the exemption for those with a disability that affects:

1. Fine motor control in both hands.
2. Ability to reach a height of 48 inches from the ground due to lack of finger, hand, or upper extremity strength or mobility.
3. Their ability to reach or access a parking meter due to the use of a wheelchair or other ambulatory device.

Hinds says the meters are just not accessible to people with certain disabilities.

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“On most parking meters, the display is angled upwards. If the height is at 48 inches and the display is angled upwards, I can grab the card and put it in but I don’t know if I put any money in or if the card was declined. Did I get 30 minutes or 30 hours of parking? I don’t know,” explained Hines.

The form to apply for a placard can be found on the DMV‘s website. A medical professional must sign the form before it can be reviewed by the DMV.

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The DMV expects to issue around 20,000 purple placards across Colorado.

Tori Mason


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