When I got my handicapped placard, I noticed how many times the spots on the street designated as handicapped parking were filled. In fact, although it is not always possible to know if someone is or is not handicapped by visual observation, I have noticed more often than not that the people using placards are often capable enough to walk briskly and even at a bit of a run and thus wondered whether they were using a placard legally.
Now, it seems the state of California is attempting to crack down on the illegal use of placards, which, they say, has risen to about one-third of all placards being used on the street. With LA county’s significant fees for parking at $4.00 and higher in places, the temptation to obtain and use a placard fraudulently is at an all time high.
It is obvious to me because it seems I have too often found it impossible to park in a handicapped place as most of them are filled when I need to park. I have applied for a parking place near my building, and it will be interesting to see how long it will take for the city to respond to the request. In 2009 I blogged about someone who badgered me about using a handicapped parking place, insisting that he had some kind of ownership of the handicapped space on the public street where I had parked. When I did some research at that time, I learned about a site to report fraudulent use of placards and parking spaces. I am not sure anything can be done about a fraud, but maybe it would feel good to post it on the site.
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