The ‘DV’ plates are no longer sufficient to park in disabled spaces

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Veterans are eligible for several different license plates through the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.

A set of plaques used to allow disabled veterans to park in disabled spaces without a sign. However, these ‘DV’ plates as they are called, are no longer sufficient.

For the most part, disabled veterans groups are in favor of the change because disabled veterans who should be parked in disabled spaces should not have any problems.

The sign is called the International Symbol of Access (ISA) and you see it everywhere, including every disabled parking space. And you need one on your vehicle to park in one.

“You have to have the wheelchair emblem on the license plate or a mirror plate,” said David Matson, senior vice-commander of Chapter 150 of the United States Disabled Veterans.

Before January 1, a DV plate was sufficient. However, DV plates are easier to obtain than something with an ISA.

“You can get a disabled veteran who only has 10% hearing loss,” Matson said.

The new law began as Senate Bill 729. It requires that anyone parked in a disabled space has an ISA either on the license plate or on a sign hanging from their rearview mirror.

SB 729 was passed by the legislature last year and promulgated by Governor Greg Abbott at the behest of groups such as Paralyzed America Veterans and Disabled American Veterans.

“I know this can be hard for people to understand, we want to take the confusion out of it,” said Roland D. Luna, Sr, director of the titles and recording division for the Texas DMV.

Although her office has not been inundated with complaints about the abuse of DV plates, Luna says SB 729 was passed to prevent people who do not need a disabled space from parking in a.

“The thought process behind the creation of this bill was to ensure that there were designated parking spaces available,” Luna said.

To qualify for an ISA Plate or DV Plate with an ISA, Veterans must be recognized as at least 50% disabled, or 40% with a partial amputation. The process is started with the Texas VTR 615 form, which is available on the Texas DMV website.

“This form can be downloaded, it can be printed, and this form can be taken to the attending physician of a disabled veteran,” Luna said.

The process is supposed to be easy.

“It’s not hard to do,” Matson said. “If you have a doctor who signs up, you will get these plaques. “

However, some veterans are reporting issues.

“The lady said (it must be on) a prescription pad,” said disabled veteran Claude Gentsch. “It has to be original, it has to be signed by the doctor.”

Gentsch is certified 60% disabled by the Department of Veterans Affairs. He says he’s called several offices in Austin and feels like he’s been around the world.

“I can’t do everything they tell me when I go,” Gentsch said.

Luna says he has no idea why Gentsch was told he needed something on his doctor’s prescription book and told “Veterans in Focus” he would contact. directly Gentsch to try to resolve the problem.

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