Bill approved to prevent handicapped parking fraud

The Massachusetts House has passed legislation authorizing the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) to investigate charges that someone has falsely obtained, or is falsely using, a handicapped parking placard or license plate. It also allows the RMV to require documentation when determining if an applicant is eligible for a handicapped plate or placard.

“The improper use of handicapped parking is not only disrespectful, it is dangerous,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. “This legislation will help ensure that individuals with disabilities and limitations have access to the appropriate parking accommodations. I thank Chairman Straus for his vigilance on this matter.”

“This is important legislation that will improve accessibility for people with disabilities throughout the Commonwealth by combatting abuse and fraud related to the use of disabled placards and plates,” said Representative Bill Straus (D-Mattapoisett), House Chair of the Joint Committee on Transportation. “I commend the Inspector General’s Office for their investigative work and for the filing of this bill.

This bill creates fines for intentionally making false statements to obtain a handicapped plate or placard: $500 for the first offense and $1,000 for a second or subsequent offense.

 

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