On April 12, 2017, the City Council adopted Ordinance 2017-14 making parking in handicapped designated spaces free throughout the City. Per state guidelines effective 2013, handicapped parkers must pay for the maximum time allowed by the meter in any other metered space, before the free 24-hour overtime exception applies. They must also possess a valid and up to date registration card, hangtag and/or license plate. Please see the New Jersey Department of Disability Services Guidelines (PDF) for further information.
From City Ordinance 2017-14
Section 7-41.3 (e) Handicapped Metered Parking Spaces.
For purposes of compliance with NJSA 39:4-207, no penalty shall be imposed for the parking overtime of persons and/or vehicles covered by NJSA 39:4-207, so long as the maximum time shall have been purchased, and so long as said individual and/or vehicle shall have been parked in one location for not more than 24 hours.
The parking rate for handicapped designated parking spaces shall be free at all times for any motor vehicle which has displayed thereon a placard or wheelchair symbol license plates. (Ordinance Number 2017-14)
From the NJ DDS Guidelines (Page 10)
Q: Is a person with a wheelchair symbol license plate/placard required to deposit money when parking at a metered space?
A: Yes. When parking at a metered space, a driver with a disability placard/license plate must put the appropriate amount of money in the meter. If the vehicle will occupy the space for more than the maximum amount of time allotted on the meter, the driver must fill the meter to the maximum amount allowed. This will permit the vehicle to occupy the space for up to 24 hours without having to come back and refill the meter. A municipality may require the vehicle to vacate the space after 24 hours.
(Note: metered parking is delegated to local municipalities by N.J.S.A. 39:4-197; The 24 hour limit is set forth in NJSA 39:4-207)