Cities crack down on disabled parking abuse

January 4, 2010

A new state law that took effect Jan. 1 allows cities to crack down on California drivers claiming to be disabled by displaying a fake, borrowed, or stolen blue parking tag. [San Francisco Chronicle]

Cities can now charge anywhere between $250 and $1,000 for violations of disabled parking laws. San Francisco is already considering an eight-fold increase in its fines. City officials estimate that the state DMV has already issued a blue placard for roughly 1 in 15 residents. One city official called it “a fradulent way for people to be able to park for free for an unlimited time.”

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I’m shocked that so many of you that have left comments can tell if a person is disabled just by looking at them. I’m assuming then, only visible physical disabilities should qualify for a person for a disabled parking permit??? So using this rationale, if you look at person and they appear to be of a certain ethnicity or religion, you make assumptions about how this person acts, what they eat, how they drive, if they go to a certain locations to worship, etc? I think this is called racial profiling. As far as I know there isn’t anything called disabled profiling but per most of the comments, maybe there should be! I wish I were only as smart as most of you and could tell all about a peson just by looking at them!