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Bill To Deter Abuse Of Disabled Parking Placards

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. November 30, 2012

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Senator Diane Allen (photo by Phil Gregory)

The New Jersey Senate has given final legislative approval to a bill aimed at cracking down on the abuse of disabled parking placards.

Senator Diane Allen is the primary sponsor of the legislation. She says the measure was prompted by complaints that some people who were using handicapped parking spots might not need them.

 “Quite a few people said you know I just saw somebody and they went in and they were fine. There was no problem. Well maybe it turned out that somebody in the family needed it. Somebody else borrowed the car. That’s a tough one, but the very least we can do is say we’re going to look at it to make sure that it absolutely is still needed.”

Allen says some people with a temporary disability who get the parking placards continue to use them even after they recover because the placards never expire.

The legislation would require them to be renewed every three years with the disability being verified by a licensed medical professional.

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