SACRAMENTO - Investigators with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issued misdemeanor citations to 150 people caught fraudulently using disabled person parking placards during 21 enforcement operations in December 2017.
“It’s not just hugely inconsiderate and selfish to fraudulently use a disabled person parking placard, it is against the law,” said Association of Motor Vehicle Investigators of California (AMVIC) President Kenny Ehrman. “There are too many placards issued and not enough spaces to go around. That means people who misuse the placards are forcing people with mobility problems or disabilities to park a great distance away from doctors’ offices, pharmacies, shopping, and business offices. If you have ever watched an individual painfully struggle to walk, the thought of this is heartbreaking.”
Those cited must appear in court to face possible fines ranging from $250 to $1,000.
The DMV carries out numerous enforcement operations throughout the state every month.
Statewide statistics: From July 1 to December 31, 2017, DMV investigators issued 1,326 citations to people fraudulently using disabled person placards during 150 enforcement operations. During fiscal year 2016/17, they handed out 1,625 citations.
Anyone who suspects a person might be misusing a disabled person placard is urged to report it using an online complaint form or by contacting their local DMV Investigations office. Submissions are confidential.