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Court Calls Missouri's Disabled Parking Tag Charge Discriminatory

JANUARY 18, 2006 - Posted at 8:13 a.m. CST

 

ST. LOUIS, MO - Missouri will stop charging the disabled a $2 annual fee for windshield signs that allow them to park in reserved spaces.

The decision follows yesterday's ruling by a federal appeals court in St. Louis that said the fee is discriminatory.

A spokesman for Attorney General Jay Nixon says the fee will probably be dropped sometime soon, after state agencies have time to discuss the matter.

Fred Switzer was one of the lawyers for plaintiffs in the case, which has been before several courts in recent years.  He argued the disabled should not be charged for an accomodation required by law.

Switzer said the courts previously determined that reimbursements won't be given to those who paid the fees in the past.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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