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Audit: The CA DMV isn’t adequately preventing abuse of disabled parking permits




A disabled parking placard hangs from a car's rearview mirror on July 20, 2011 in San Francisco, California.
A disabled parking placard hangs from a car's rearview mirror on July 20, 2011 in San Francisco, California.
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A state audit released last Tuesday found that the California Department of Motor Vehicles isn’t adequately preventing abuse of disabled parking permits.

Currently, there are 2.9 million disabled license plates and placards which are meant to allow people with disabilities to park in reserved access spots.

The audit found that there are problems with the application process, such as unverified signatures and lack of required medical documentation, that the DMV frequently issues duplicates and doesn’t cancel the placards of people who’ve died.  The DMV has concurred with the results of the audit and has already started implementing some of its recommendations.

We discuss the results of the audit, as well as the steps the DMV is taking to prevent future fraud.

Have you seen abuses of disabled parking permits? If you see potential abuse, what, if anything, do you do?  

For more information, you can follow the DMV placard audit and others here.

Guest:

Margarita Fernández, chief of public affairs of the CA State Auditor, which undertook this audit