CLEARWATER, Fla. ? In Pinellas County, disabled drivers now can make a phone call to receive assistance at the pump, the Pinellas Park Beacon reports, rather than relying on honking, flashing their lights or waving.
County Commissioners okayed an amendment about refueling assistance for disabled drivers late last month to a section of an ordinance relating to refueling assistance for persons with disabilities. After much debate and input from local veterans groups, the commissioners approved signage explaining the new regulation.
The signs list phone numbers to call, along with information on how to report any noncompliance. Retailers must properly display the sign, decal or sticker with the required data or be found in violation of the ordinance. The phone number listed on the sign must be operational and answered by a worker during business hours.
To use the system, drivers must have an exemption parking permit or vehicle tags indicating the motorist is disabled. Retailers will be exempt from the ordinance during times when only one employee is on duty.