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DMV Cracks Down on Disabled Parking Placard Abuse in Hawthorne


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June 16, 2017

DMV Cracks Down on Disabled Parking Placard Abuse in Hawthorne

Enforcement operation results in 32 citations

Hawthorne – Investigators with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issued misdemeanor citations to 32 people who illegally parked their vehicles in marked handicap parking spots during a June 10 enforcement operation in Hawthorne.

During the operation in the parking lot of Target, 2700 West 120th Street, investigators caught 12 offenders fraudulently using Disabled Person Parking Placards (DPPP) and 20 others who did not even possess one.

This crackdown comes on the heels of another enforcement effort that took place in Hawthorne on April 18, which resulted in 23 citations and confiscation of Disabled Person Parking Placards.  

Offenders must appear in court to face possible fines that range from $250 to $1,000. While the misdemeanor offense will appear on an offender’s driver record, no points will be assessed because it is not a moving violation.

The DMV proactively carries out these types of enforcement operations throughout the year in an effort to reduce the impact DPPP fraud has on the mobility of those with disabilities. The DMV also uses these enforcement efforts as a way to raise general awareness and educate Californians about the need for compliance and the consequences that come with violating the law.

In April and May, DMV investigators issued 121 citations during focused crackdown operations held throughout the greater Los Angeles area. During that same period, 552 people received citations throughout the state for misusing Disabled Person Parking Placards.

The level of reported or observed misuse of DPPP 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, a person shall not display a disabled person placard that was not issued to him or her or that has been canceled or revoked.

 “It is important to point out that some qualifying disabilities are not visually apparent and allegations of misuse may be unfounded,” explained DMV Investigations Chief Frank Alvarez. “The majority of Californians who apply for a DPPP have legitimate reasons for doing so.”  

Anyone who thinks someone has been issued a Disabled Person Parking Placard in error or suspects placard misuse is urged to contact their local DMV Investigations office and submit a written complaint by filling out a Record of Complaint Form 172A or email The complaint can be anonymous.  

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