BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. -

Changes are on the way for parking payments at the Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

There will soon be no more free parking for vehicles displaying placards or license plates for disabled drivers or passengers.

The Airport Authority says starting April 1, all vehicles will have to pay the standard parking rates if using public parking lots at the airport. 

The Airport Authority tells News 5 it had to make the change because the number of vehicles getting free parking because of disability continues to rise.

Last year validations for disabled parking totaled $98,000.

The Airport Authority says currently all other commercial airports also charge standard public parking for customers using disabled parking decals.