The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has been cracking down on people who have been trying to take advantage of Disabled Person Parking Placards (DPPP).
Investigators with DMV caught 195 people fraudulently using DPPP during 28 enforcement operations carried out in June 2017.
In San Diego, 34 drivers were contacted and one citation was issued.
Those issued misdemeanor citations must appear in court, face possible fines that range from $250 to $1,000, and will have the offense recorded on their driver record. Investigators also confiscate the misused DPPP. The cases are forwarded to the local jurisdiction for prosecution.
The statewide crackdown is part of the DMV’s continuous efforts to ensure handicap parking spots are used by individuals who have legitimately obtained disabled parking placards to assist them with their mobility.
From April 1 to June 30, 2017, DMV investigators have issued 747 citations during 49 enforcement operations throughout the state.
Individuals who suspect possible Disabled Person Parking Placard misuse are urged to submit a written complaint using form INV172A Record of Complaint, which can be found online or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions are kept confidential.
It is helpful to include the vehicle information associated with the suspected placard misuse, as well as the placard number (if possible), the location where the vehicle was parked and the date it occurred.
The DMV also stresses that not all disabilities are visible and allegations of abuse may be unfounded.