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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).

Source Credit: AAMVA

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Deterring Access Aisle Parking Violations

The ability to safely park at one’s destination is an important component of community participation for people with disabilities. With the proper permit, people with disabilities should be able to use accessible parking spaces in public parking lots. However, a lot of people with disabilities have encountered barriers to parking. Researchers at the Research and Training Center on Independent Living at KU conducted two studies on accessible parking. This study examined factors related to access aisle violations. Access aisles are the diagonally marked spaces adjacent to the accessible parking spaces that are designed for use by people with disabilities. Access aisles are usually marked with yellow, white, or blue diagonal stripes.

Source Credit: University of Kansas Research and Training Center on Independent Living
This material is reproduced with permission of the University of Kansas Research and Training Center on Independent Living. In addition, please add “The contents of this publication were developed under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90RT5015). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). These contents do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, or HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

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Encouraging Reservation of Van Designated Spaces for Lift-or-Ramp-Equipped Van Users

The ability to safely park at one’s destination is an important component of community participation for people with disabilities. With the proper permit, people with disabilities should be able to use accessible parking spaces in public parking lots. However, a lot of people with disabilities have encountered barriers to parking. Researchers at the Research and Training Center on Independent Living at KU conducted two studies on accessible parking. This study examined using different signage to encourage reservation of van-accessible spaces for people who use ramp- or lift-equipped vehicles. Wheelchair users who travel in a ramp- or lift-equipped van (RLEV) often reach their destination only to find the van-accessible parking space occupied by a non-ramp or lift-equipped vehicle (NRLEV) that does not need the wider access aisle placed next to van-accessible spaces. This study found that alternate signage for van-accessible parking spaces can prompt  rivers of vehicles without ramps or lifts to use a regular accessible space when available, reserving the van accessible space for RLEV users.

Source Credit: University of Kansas Research and Training Center on Independent Living 
This material is reproduced with permission of the University of Kansas Research and Training Center on Independent Living. In addition, please add “The contents of this publication were developed under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90RT5015). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). These contents do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, or HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

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State of Illinois Parking Program for Persons with Disabilities

The Parking Program for Persons with Disabilities is a vital program for many Illinois persons with disabilities. 

Source Credit: Office of the Illinois Secretary of State
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State of Illinois Affirmation for Persons with Disabilities License Plates or Placards

Secretary of State Affirmation for Persons with Disabilities License Plates or Placards For use by Corporations, School Districts, Limited Liability Companies, Nursing Homes, Convalescent Homes or Special Education Cooperatives that Transport Persons With Disabilities.

Source Credit: Office of the Illinois Secretary of State
View Online: CyberDriveIllinois.com

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Texas 2016 Study on Accessible Parking and Disabled Placard Abuse: A Status Update

The Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities presented an overview of its study on accessible parking and an update on accessible parking activities around the country to the Texas Council on Developmental Disabilities on May 3, 2018. This presentation summarizes study findings, recommendations, and noted best practices from other states to deter accessible parking and disabled placard fraud and abuse. Recent legislative efforts from around the country on disabled placard fraud and abuse and the formation of the National Accessible Parking Coalition formed in December 2017 are also highlighted.

Source Credit: Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities
View Online: https://gov.texas.gov/organization/disabilities/goals

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2016 Texas Study on Accessible Parking and Disabled Placard Abuse

Upon invitation from the International Parking and Mobility Institute, the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities presented an overview of its study on accessible parking to the Stakeholder’s Forum on Accessible Parking and Disabled Placard Abuse on December 6, 2017 in Washington, D.C. This presentation summarizes study findings, recommendations, and noted best practices from other states to deter accessible parking and disabled placard fraud and abuse. Also highlighted are recent legislative efforts from around the country addressing disabled placard fraud and abuse which impacts the daily lives of people with disabilities.

Source Credit: Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities
View Online: https://gov.texas.gov/organization/disabilities/goals

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Texas Interim Report: A Review of Accessible Parking for Persons with Disabilities

During the 84th Legislative Session, House Bill 1317 charged the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities to study accessible parking issues. Areas mandated for study included accessible parking laws and requirements in Texas and other states; the ADA and related federal regulations, 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, and 2012 Texas Accessibility Standards; and accessible parking policies for state-owned parking lots and the Texas State Capitol grounds. This report discusses findings that emerged from data gathered from sources including public testimony, surveys distributed to persons with disabilities and businesses, state multi-agency meetings, and similarly-situated organizations in other states.

Source Credit: Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities
View Online: https://gov.texas.gov/organization/disabilities/goals

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