Toronto, January 15 (CINEWS): How many times have you seen a seemingly able-body man driving a vehicle with a accessible parking permit pull into a handicap parking spot? Now it will be a lot more harder for driver’s to misuse expired parking permits or one belonging to someone else.
The new accessible parking permits with enhanced security features aimed at preventing misuse rolls out this week. And ServiceOntario insists that these will be hard to duplicate and easier to verify.
The changes only apply to new permits.
Current permits remain valid and do not have to be re-issued. The medical criteria to receive a permit remains the same.
The new changes include:
• Machine readable barcodes, raised markings and serial numbers to help confirm that a permit is authentic
• Permits will no longer be laminated because it prevents the ability to verify the security features (a permit will be invalid if a customer laminates their new permit)
• A person applying on someone else’s behalf will need to show a letter of authorization or Power of Attorney document
• Applicants must show identification that includes their legal name, date-of-birth and signature such as a driver’s licence or passport
The province expects the improvements will reduce any misuse and ensure accessible parking spaces are available to those who need them. Almost 700,000 permits are currently in circulation across Ontario.