By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Investigators with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issued 477 citations to drivers fraudulently using Disabled Person Parking Placards during five enforcement operations at the Los Angeles County Fair, at 1101 West McKinley Avenue in Pomona on September 10, 14, 15, 21, and 23. The Pomona Police Department and Fairplex administrators assisted the DMV.
During the verification operations, DMV investigators checked 2,754 disabled parking placards to ensure they were being used properly.
“Our goal is to achieve compliance through enforcement and education,” said DMV Investigations Chief Frank Alvarez. “We want the public to know that it is a crime to misuse a disabled parking placard, and by raising awareness we want to deter people from breaking the law.”
Investigators confiscate misused disabled parking placards and issue misdemeanor citations that require offenders to appear in court to face fines ranging from $250 to $1,000. A notation will be placed on their driver record, but no points are assessed because it is not a moving violation.
From April 1 to August 31, 2017, DMV investigators issued 1,062 citations during 99 enforcement operations throughout the state.
It is important to note that not every disability is visible and allegations of misuse of a Disabled Person Parking Placard may be unfounded. The level of reported or observed misuse of disabled parking placards varies from area to area. Most violations involve people using disabled parking placards issued to family or friends to avoid paying parking fees, as well as obtaining convenient and/or unrestricted parking.
California Vehicle Code Section 4461(b)(c) prohibits anyone from lending their placard, knowingly permitting the use of their placard or allowing anyone else to use it while they are not present. In addition, individuals cannot display a disabled person placard that is not issued to them or that has been canceled or revoked.