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Spotlight On Disabled Placard Abuse

Apr 03, 2017 10:39AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Handicap / disabled parking

(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by the MA RMV.)

March is Disability Awareness Month. The RMV would like to remind everyone that disabled parking placard misuse is illegal. The RMV’s MedicalAffairs Unit issues disability parking privileges, in the form of placardsand license plates, to individuals meeting established medical guidelines. Too often we hear of instances of placard misuse.

A disabled parking placard is only authorized for use by the disabled person to whom it is issued. No one may legally use someone else’s placard even for a minute. A person who uses a disabled placard that was issued to somebody else (living or deceased) can face penalties.

Misuse can come in several forms, for example:

  • Using someone else's disabled placard or parking in a disabled spot with a HP plate and the disabled person not present
  • Using an expired placard
  • Using an old style Indefinite placard which has not been valid for use since 2008
  • Making a counterfeit placard, photocopying or altering an existing one.

Penalties for Misuse = $500 citation & 30 day license suspension!
We remind customers to never use an expired placard or alter, photocopy, or counterfeit a placard. When a person who holds a disabled parking placard passes away, the placard should be returned to RMV Medical Affairs, PO Box 55889, Boston, MA 02205 as soon as possible.

The Disability/Handicap Parking (HP) Abuse program is used to report a Massachusetts resident who may be misusing an RMV disability placard or disability plate, often referred to as an HP plate If you believe you have observed instances of placard abuse, please report it to the RMV via our online form. You may also download,print, and mail/fax in a form.

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