Bill targets drivers who abuse handicapped parking placards

Lawmakers want to crack down on handicapped parking abuse

BOSTON (WWLP) – In a 152 to 0 vote Wednesday, the House passed a bill that would impose a $500 dollar fine for making a false statement on a handicapped plate or placard application.

The fine for any future offenses would be $1,000. Under the bill, you could also get fined for blocking the placard number or expiration date.

Springfield State Representative Jose Tosado told 22News handicapped parking abuse needs to be stopped. Some elderly people in his community rely on handicapped parking spaces.

“Often times they have mobility issues,” Tosado explained, “and often times the designated parking spots are being used in a fraudulent way.”

The proposal still needs the Governor’s signature before it can become law.