Have you heard that there are updates to the regulations regarding disabled parking placards? We have been advised by the MassDOT that the following changes will take effect:
- The appearance of the placard will change
- The Application for the Disabled Parking Placard / Plate has been revised
- A new Disabled Parking Placard Abuse Confiscation & Reporting Form has been created
The full details are:
Placard Appearance Changes
Beginning February 2017, Disabled Parking Placards issued by the RMV have a new appearance. Small blue wheelchair symbols appear behind the Placard Number and Expiration Date. This security feature has been added to help identify instances of altered placard numbers or expiration dates, that have been observed and cited by law enforcement. This change applies to all placards, both permanent and temporary.
All old-style placards with the plain white background in the Placard Number and Expiration Date sections will remain valid until the date of expiration shown on the placard. It will take up to five years before the old placards are completely phases out.
Revised Application for Disabled Parking Placard/Plate
Effective January 2017, the Application for Disabled Parking Placard/Plate (document number T20060-0117) has been revised. The revised form stresses to both the applicant and the healthcare provider the penalties for placard misuse and that a healthcare provider should only sign off on an application out of necessity of the disabled individual and not as a convenience.
Previous versions of the Application for Disabled Parking Placard/Plate will not be accepted after April 1, 2017
New Confiscation Reporting Procedure and Form
To further deter abuse of placards, the RMV is implementing a placard confiscation notification procedure statewide for Law Enforcement. Mass General Law Chapter 90, Section 2 contains penalties for both violators misusing disabled parking privileges, as well as placard owners/holders.
While there are established processes for citations and parking tickets, this new procedure is necessary for the RMV to promptly address the placard owner. Police departments can complete and submit the new Disabled Parking Placard Abuse Confiscation & Reporting Form (document number T21931-0117), and the RMV will immediately cancel any confiscated MA placard.
The cancellation notice will stop re-issuance if a customer reports his/her placard as lost or stolen to the RMV. The information provided by law enforcement allows the RMV to update and keep a complete customer record regarding the abuse and it affords the placard owner an opportunity for an administrative hearing on the following issues: “The registrar may revoke the plate or placard as issued to a person upon a finding that the person to whom the plate or placard was issued willingly and without coercion or duress authorized, permitted, or allowed it to be used by another person”. The Disabled Parking Placard Abuse Confiscation and Reporting Form have been provided to police departments.
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