By Aaron Blevins, 6/28/2012
Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine, 3rd District, participated in a Disabled Person Parking Placard Enforcement Operation on June 14 to conduct compliance checks and confirm that all applicable Disabled Person Parking Placard statutes were being adhered to by the general public.
As a result of the compliance checks, 14 citations were issued and 13 placards were confiscated. Twelve citations were issued for improper use of disabled person parking placard. Two of the citations were for an unlicensed driver. One citation was for no proof of disabled placard issuance. One citation was for no evidence of insurance.
The illegal use of disabled placards reduces the number of parking spaces for legitimate public parking purposes and limits access for the truly disabled. Additional traffic congestion is created as the driving public search for available parking. There is also a loss of revenue to the city for transportation needs and other services.