As published in the Summer 2017 edition of the Spinal Connection newsletter:
A Bill subtitled The Van Accessible Parking Act (HB 1882) was brought forth by Representative Mayberry. This bill is now known as ACT 799. Do not let the word “Van” confuse you since a “Van” is NOT required. Let me explain a little bit. This bill defines authorized parking use of a Van-accessible parking space via a Van-accessible parking decal. It also specifically defines that the vehicle authorized to park in the Van Accessible Parking space must be used to transport a person with limited or no use of his or her legs and uses a wheelchair, a three or four wheeled scooter, a four-wheeled walker with a seat or similar device. With the use of any of these types of medical devices, you need the extra space created within the Van Accessible Parking space to open your doors wider for transfer and maneuvering. Effective November 13, 2017, you will need to visit your local healthcare provider to obtain a certification that shows you meet the requirement to use the Van Accessible Parking space. This will allow you to obtain the Van Accessible Parking decal from your local Revenue Department to affix in the left side window of your license plate. There will be a sticker for the placard/hang-tag as well. This is important since enforcement of the law goes into effect on January 1, 2019.