Senate Committee Approves Bill To Restrict Disabled Parking Placards

TRENTON – The state Senate Transportation Committee has approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Diane Allen aiming to crack down on abuse and wrongful issuance of disabled parking placards.

“Every time someone who is not disabled inappropriately obtains or uses a placard, he or she takes that parking space away from someone truly in need, ” said Allen (R- Burlington). “The goal of this bill is simple: ensure that the privileges attached to the “wheelchair placards” issued by MVC are only obtained by those in need, and only for the period of time in which those individuals are in need.”

Under the bill (S-2238), the application for disabled persons identification cards and parking privileges would require a signed verification by a physician, physicians assistant, licensed chiropractor, or nurse practitioner, of the applicant’s disability. Placards would expire and require renewal every three years, and the fees required to obtain disabled persons identification cards and parking placards would be waived.

The states of Florida, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and California exercise some or all of these restrictions.

“By waiving the fees associated with obtaining the identifications necessary to park in spaces reserved for the disabled and requiring re-verification every three years by a licensed medical professional, we are reducing the opportunity for abuse of the privileges, ” Allen continued. “This bill is about protecting the rights of the disabled and ensuring that there is ample parking available to those who need it most.”

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