California Bill to Crack Down on Disabled Parking Abuse

May 11, 2017

Inquirer, USA Bureau

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Jerry Hill is introducing legislation to help the Department of Motor Vehicles curb abuses of disabled placards and license plates.

The placards and plates allow motorists to use parking spots reserved for disabled drivers and lets them park in time-limited slots indefinitely. Holders of disabled placards and license plates can also park in metered spots without paying.

“Taking unfair advantage of our state’s disabled placard program is an act of fraud,” said Senator Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. “My legislation will help the DMV tighten its oversight by setting new accountability requirements for the disabled placard and license plate program."

There has long been reports of abuse of the disabled placard program. An April 2017 report published by the California State Auditor was the first to quantify the problem.