A new state law will impact Texans with disabled veteran license plates who want to park in disabled spaces in 2022.
According to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, as of January 1, anyone parking in a handicapped space must have a handicapped license plate or parking plate that features the international symbol for access.
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Prior to the new law, license plates for disabled veterans did not feature the ISA, but all Texans with these plates could park in handicapped spaces.
“Currently, any vehicle with a disabled veteran license plate can use a designated disabled parking space. However, there are a limited number of ADA spaces,” said Robert Dembo III, director of the veterans office. Houston Mayor’s Fighters and Military Affairs. . “SB792 will solve this problem by limiting the use of parking spaces to people with reduced mobility. Provide better access for those who have a vital need for accessibility.”
Who is eligible for a plate with the ISA?
According to TxDMV, not all disabilities that qualify a veteran for a disabled veteran license plate will qualify a veteran for a disabled veteran license plate with the ISA.
The department says eligibility for plaques and plaques is based on a medical condition that meets the legal definition of a disability, which is a condition in which a person has:
• Visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with corrective lenses
• Visual acuity greater than 20/200 but with a limited field of vision in which the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle of 20 degrees or less
• Mobility problems that significantly impair a person’s ability to move around; these problems can be caused by:
• Lung diseases
• Heart failure
• Wheelchair confinement
• Foot disorder
• Other medical condition requiring a person to use a splint, cane, crutch or other assistive device.
A placard or plate is valid only when used by the disabled person or by a person driving the disabled person.
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How to Apply for Plates with the ISA
Texans with disabled veterans plates who want to use disabled parking spaces beginning in 2022 can apply for a disabled parking plate or a new disabled veterans license plate from ISA s they meet the eligibility requirements for an ISA after January 1. , 2022, according to TxDMV.
Applicants can submit their documents to their local assessor-collector’s office.
TxDMV says currently issued disabled parking plates will remain valid, but the new requirements must be met at the time of renewal.
To download an application and the necessary forms, Click here.