Ontario is introducing new accessible parking permits designed to increase security and prevent misuse.
Beginning this week, ServiceOntario will be issuing accessible parking permits with enhanced security features that make them easier to verify and more difficult to duplicate. “A stronger, more secure permit will help root out misuse and ensure spaces are available to those who need them,” Minister of Government and Consumer Services David Oraizetti said. These changes apply to new permits only. Medical requirements are unchanged.
The new changes include:
- Machine readable barcodes, raised markings and serial numbers to help confirm that a permit is authentic
- Permits will no longer be laminated because it prevents the ability to verify the security features (a permit will be invalid if a customer laminates their new permit)
- A person applying on someone else’s behalf will need to show a letter of authorization or Power of Attorney document
- Applicants must show identification that includes their legal name, date-of-birth and signature such as a driver’s licence or passport
These improvements will help reduce the misuse of permits, ensuring accessible parking spaces are available to those who need them.