Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) introduced legislation to address the illegal use of disabled parking placards in cities across California. Today, there are approximately three million disabled parking placards in use in California — in other words, one in every eight drivers has one. While placards are most often used responsibly and for legitimate reasons, irresponsible and fraudulent placard use has become a significant concern.
AB 2602 will force the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to proactively retrieve expired parking placards, require individuals to reapply for parking placards upon expiration, and allow local jurisdictions to charge motorists displaying placards for the cost of parking, as long as the city offers sufficient, genuine parking options for disabled individuals.
“California has been a leader among the states in providing equal opportunities to individuals with disabilities,” said Gatto. “However, there are people who are trying to game the system and are taking parking away for every person struggling with a disability.
“AB 2602 will benefit the disabled by making sure that those who genuinely need a parking spot have access to one, instead of that spot being taken up by someone committing fraud on the system,” Gatto stated. “This is an important bill for making sure our parking system is fair for everyone.”
For more information, please visit Assemblyman Gatto’s site, www.asm.ca.gov/gattoAB 2602