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H0615......................................................by STATE AFFAIRS
LICENSE PLATES - DISABLED - Amends existing law relating to special motor
vehicle license plates and cards for persons with a disability to provide
that an applicant's written certification certifying that the applicant's
stated impairment qualifies as a disability may be made by a duly
accredited Christian Science practitioner who is listed in the current
edition of the Christian Science Journal.
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|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-sixth Legislature Second Regular Session - 2002
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE BILL NO. 615
BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES AND CARDS FOR PERSONS WITH A DISABILITY;
3 AMENDING SECTION 49-410, IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE THAT AN APPLICANT'S WRIT-
4 TEN CERTIFICATION VERIFYING THAT THE APPLICANT'S STATED IMPAIRMENT QUALI-
5 FIES AS A DISABILITY MAY BE MADE BY A DULY ACCREDITED CHRISTIAN SCIENCE
6 PRACTITIONER LISTED IN THE CURRENT EDITION OF THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE JOUR-
8 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
9 SECTION 1. That Section 49-410, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
10 amended to read as follows:
11 49-410. SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES AND CARDS FOR PERSONS WITH A DISABILITY --
12 PARKING PRIVILEGES -- CARDS FOR CERTAIN TEMPORARILY DISABLED PERSONS. (1) Any
13 person with a disability as defined in section 49-117, Idaho Code, or any par-
14 ent or guardian of a dependent child with a disability as defined in section
15 49-117, Idaho Code, without regard to the age of the dependent child, shall be
16 eligible for the use of special license plates bearing the international
17 accessible symbol, for any vehicle owned by such person or owned by a quali-
18 fied parent or guardian, but excluding any commercial vehicle with a regis-
19 tered maximum gross weight over twenty-six thousand (26,000) pounds.
20 (2) Registration and license plate fees for vehicles owned by a person
21 with a disability or qualified parent or guardian of a dependent child with a
22 disability, shall be as provided, respectively, in sections 49-402, 49-434(1)
23 and 49-450, Idaho Code. Nothing in this section shall be construed as abrogat-
24 ing provisions of section 49-445, Idaho Code. The use of the special card
25 issued under the provisions of subsection (4) of this section, shall not
26 exempt the owner of a motor vehicle from otherwise properly registering and
27 licensing the motor vehicle.
28 (3) Special license plates for persons with a disability and for the par-
29 ent or guardian of a dependent child with a disability, shall be the same size
30 and color as other license plates, and shall have displayed upon them the reg-
31 istration numbers assigned to the vehicle and to the owner. The plates shall
32 be numbered in a manner prescribed by the department, but the plates shall
33 display the international accessible symbol.
34 International Accessible Symbol
35 (4) The department shall issue a special card bearing the international
36 accessible symbol and other information the department may require, to:
37 (a) Any qualified person with a disability who does not own a motor vehi-
39 (b) Any qualified person with a disability who owns a motor vehicle,
1 without regard to weight or use of the vehicle;
2 (c) Any parent or guardian of a dependent child with a disability who
3 owns a motor vehicle without regard to weight or use of the vehicle;
4 (d) Any business entity which is engaged in transportation of persons
5 with a disability, which business shall not be required to submit a
6 physician's certification. In addition to other application requirements,
7 a business applicant shall sign a declaration that he is engaged in the
8 transportation of persons with a disability. A business entity may include
9 but not be limited to hospitals, nursing homes, federal, state and local
10 governmental agencies and taxicabs.
11 (5) Any person or business issued a special card shall affix the special
12 card to a motor vehicle in a conspicuous place designated by the department.
13 The card shall bear distinguishing marks, letters or numerals indicating the
14 vehicle is utilized by a permanently disabled person. When the card is affixed
15 to a motor vehicle and the motor vehicle is transporting a person with a dis-
16 ability, special parking privileges are granted as provided in subsection (7)
17 of this section.
18 (6) Application for special license plates, a special card, or both as
19 applicable and at the option of the applicant, shall be made upon a form fur-
20 nished by the department and shall include a written certification by a
21 licensed physician or a duly accredited Christian Science practitioner listed
22 in the current edition of the Christian Science journal, verifying that the
23 applicant's stated impairment qualifies as a disability according to the pro-
24 visions of section 49-117, Idaho Code.
25 (7) Any motor vehicle displaying special license plates for a person with
26 a disability, without regard to the state of residence or displaying the spe-
27 cial card provided in subsections (4) and (8) of this section, shall be
28 allowed to park for unlimited periods of time in parking zones or areas which
29 are otherwise restricted as to the length of time parking is permitted, and to
30 park in any public parking space with metered parking without being required
31 to pay any parking meter fee. The provisions of this subsection shall not be
32 applicable to those zones or areas in which the stopping, parking, or standing
33 of all vehicles is prohibited or which are reserved for special types of vehi-
34 cles, to areas where vehicular parking is prohibited for periods in excess of
35 forty-eight (48) hours, or to areas where parking is prohibited for certain
36 periods of time in order to allow snow removal, street construction or mainte-
37 nance or for other emergency purposes. Nothing herein shall prohibit the des-
38 ignation of parking spaces for use by disabled persons for unlimited periods
39 of time.
40 (8) Any person who shall submit satisfactory proof to the department that
41 he is so temporarily disabled as to be unable to move without the aid of
42 crutches or a wheelchair, shall be entitled to receive for one (1) motor vehi-
43 cle only, a special card to be affixed to a motor vehicle in a conspicuous
44 place designated by the department, bearing distinguishing marks, letters or
45 numerals indicating that the vehicle is utilized by a temporarily disabled
46 person. This special temporary card shall expire six (6) months from the date
47 of issuance, or sooner as specified by the department on the card.
48 (9) Any unauthorized use of the plate or card shall constitute an infrac-
49 tion punishable by a fine of fifty dollars ($50.00). The second offense shall
50 be punishable by a fine of fifty dollars ($50.00) and loss of parking privi-
51 leges for the registered owner of the vehicle displaying the plates or for the
52 person to whom the card was issued, for a period of one (1) year.
53 Law enforcement officials shall enforce the provisions of this section and
54 are empowered, using reasonable discretion, to check personal identification
55 to determine if the user of the plate or placard is authorized to use accessi-
1 ble parking privileges. Any fines collected shall be retained by the city or
2 county whose law enforcement official issued the citation.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The purpose of this legislation is to add language to the Code that
will make it possible for the written certification required for
obtaining a handicapped parking permit to be provided by a Christian
No impact to the general fund.
Name: Rep. Eulalie Langford
Phone: 208 332-1000
Rep. Margaret Henbest
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE H 615