If you are a recipient of the Purple Heart or if you have been determined to have a disability by the VA, you are entitled to an exemption from paying the fee for a vehicle you own at any municipal parking meter for up to 24 hours.If you have Purple Heart or DV licence plates, you need do nothing further. As long as you are the driver or passenger in a vehicle you own you rate the exemption. If you do not have these plates, a visit to any Motor Vehicle Commission with paperwork verifying your status will result in the issuance of an appropriate placard to hang from your rearview mirror when parking at a meter.
The placard is similar, but not identical to the familiar Handicap Parking placard, and does not allow parking in a space marked for handicap users. The benefit is limited to municipal parking meters and the additional advantage is the 24 hour limit.
Some towns have digital parking meters ( and is it anticipated that more municipalities will eventually utilize the technology) but these new meters will provide a method to claim the exemption instead of depositing a coin.
The process for obtaining the placard is simple and the benefit is worthwhile, not so much for saving the initial dime or quarter (although that can add up) but for the advantage of automatic overtime parking for up to 24 hours.