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Fraudulent Use of Disabled Parking Placards on the Rise
LA TIMES: California has 24 million licensed drivers and, according to the Los Angeles Times, will issue 2.1 million permanent placards this year. That's a significant increase over the 1.2 million placards issued just a decade ago. Further, about 621,000 of nearly 6 million licensed drivers in Los Angeles County have placards.
According to state motor vehicle officers, fraudulent use of the placards is rising:
With 1 in 10 California drivers now legally registered to carry the passes, transportation experts say abuse has become commonplace. At any given moment, on any given street, more than a third of the vehicles displaying the tags — and parking without paying — are doing so illegally, say officials with the California Department of Motor Vehicles.Under California law, drivers who display the placards can park in a metered space for free for an unlimited amount of time. A relative or friend can use the placard, provided that the person holding the placard "accompany that person or be within 'reasonable proximity'."