Placard/Plate Abuse

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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‘This Is A Game Changer’: Purple Placard To Help Struggling, Disabled Drivers

DENVER (CBS4) — Colorado drivers with a purple placard have not been required to pay parking meters this year. The Chris Hinds Act exempts drivers with a disability from paying, if their disability impacts their ability to pay.“This is about making sure we have equal access for those who needed it,” explained Hinds. After hundreds of hours of Hinds’ research, former Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the Chris Hinds Act into law in 2018.

Source Credit: Denver (CBS4) News
View Online: https://denver.cbslocal.com/2019/07/29/purple-placard-chris-hinds/#.XUDQuLqntPE.twitter

 

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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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Draft Legislation – Tiered Parking Meter Exemption

Currently disability parking permits provide a parking meter fee exemption. By law it is 2.5 hours or the maximum time the meter allows, whichever is longer. Some permittees cannot reach or operate a meter due to a disability. By making it apply to all permittees, it created an incentive for people to fraudulently obtain or use permits belonging to someone else. The bill restricts the exemption to those who are medically certified to be unable to reach or operate a parking meter due to a disability. The bill did not pass this last legislative session, but DCAB intends to reintroduce it.

Source Credit: State of Hawaii Department of Health Disability and Communication Access Board

DOWNLOAD: Draft Legislation – Tiered Parking Meter Exemption
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Model Legislation – Colorado

This document contains model legislation for a two-tier placard act signed into law May 29th, 2018.

Source Credit: Colorado General Assembly
View Online: HB18-1285 Remuneration-exempt Disability Parking Placard

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The Abuse of Disability Parking Placards in Massachusetts

The Office of the Inspector General from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Internal Special Audit Unit’s did an in-depth examination of placard abuse, the RMV’s process for issuing placards, and options for detecting and preventing the misuse of placards in February 2016. 

Source Credit: Office of Inspector General Commonwealth of Massachusetts
View Online: Internal Special Audit Unit’s in-depth examination

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The Two-Tier Solution

Leading parking experts and urban planners, Donald Shoup and Fernando Torres-Gil, present a plan for ending disabled placard abuse at parking meters.

Source Credit: The Parking Professional Magazine, International Parking and Mobility Institute

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PSA – Be aware or beware!

Old PSA DCAB produced for television campaign to warn against parking placard abuse.

Source Credit: State of Hawaii Department of Health Disability and Communication Access Board
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