Rules for Disabled Parking Placards in California About to Get Tougher

October 04, 2017

Los Angeles Times
By Patrick McGreevy

Months after an audit found widespread problems with the program providing disabled parking placards in California, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday approved legislation aimed at preventing fraud.

"We must make sure the drivers who need this important program have access to the benefits it provides — and block scofflaws and fraudsters from gaming the system," Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), who authored the bill, said after the governor's action.

A state audit in April found the California Department of Motor Vehicles isn't making sure that people issued placards for disabled parking should actually have them. The agency hasn't canceled tens of thousands of the permits issued to people who have died, which has allowed some placards to be misused by family members, the audit concluded.

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