Did you know that there are about 8,000 Californians older than age 100? Obviously, few of these seniors are still driving. So why have more than 26,000 people here claimed to be over age 100 so they can use the state’s blue disabled placards?
The California blue disabled placards allow vehicles to park at any street meter for free all day, as well as at prime blue-stenciled stalls in public parking lots. State officials believe that children or friends of the formerly disabled drivers, many of whom have died, are illegitimately using the disabled placards. In some cases, individuals have purchased the placards illegally.
After years of disabled placard abuse, authorities are taking action to reduce the number of vehicles illegally taking up prime parking spots by using the disabled placards.
New State Law Tightens Oversight of State Disabled Placard Program
California is implementing processes to verify use of the disabled placard.
The federal Social Security Administration’s “death file” will be matched against the state list and placards for deceased drivers will be canceled.
Among other requirements, the new law requires that placard holders renew them every 6 years. This process replaces the current automatic 2-year renewal.
Department of Motor Vehicles Must Strengthen Placard Application Approvals
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) must increase efforts to prevent fraud. Auditors have found that officials accept applications for disabled placards without required medical documentation. The agency also issues too many duplicates and fails to cancel those placards for the deceased.
The audit estimated that several hundred thousand of the state’s 3 million placards are likely being used fraudulently! Among other application enforcement steps, the DMV must demand proof of identity along with true full name and date of birth.
If you or a family member is disabled, you may be eligible for a California disabled parking placard or license plate. You can find information and eligibility requirements at this California DMV website.
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