Let’s Make Accessible Parking More Accessible: A Practical Guide to Addressing Disabled Placard Abuse and Other Parking Issues for People with Disabilities

This groundbreaking, 24-page publication provides a roadmap for addressing issues related to accessible parking and disabled placard/plate abuse. Topics include statistics that confirm the scope of the problem, deterring fraudulent use of disabled placards/plates, parking design and streetscape issues that interfere with access, misuse of access aisles for van accessible parking spaces, empathetic signage, technological solutions, enforcement issues, citizen activism, and more. The publication includes dozens of ideas from cities, universities, and others, along with practical action items.

Source Credit: Accessible Parking Coalition
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Uniform System For Parking For Persons With Disabilities

This federal regulation establishes the criteria for determining who qualifies for a parking placard or plate, requires reciprocity among the states, and recognizes the International Symbol of Accessibility as the identifying symbol.

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AAMVA Best Practices Guide in Deterring and Detecting Fraud and Misuse

The Best Practices Guide assists motor vehicle departments in improving the issuance of disability placards and plates, the deterrence and detection of fraud in these areas, and the enforcement of disability parking violations. The intent is not to identify the one approach that all jurisdictions should follow but rather to serve as a starting point for an informed local discussion on how best to marry needs for accessible parking with needs for general parking. 

The Best Practices Guide provides guidance in the following areas; Fraud identification, issuance and renewal processes, product standards, medical issues and requirements, outreach and education, enforcement strategies, and legislation, case law, and legal challenges.

This publication resulted from a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA).

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