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New law cracks down on abuse of handicapped parking

November 29, 2017 06:11 AM

BOSTON (AP) - A new Massachusetts law calls for tougher penalties against people who fraudulently use handicapped parking placards.
    
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker marked the signing of the bill at a Statehouse ceremony on Monday, saying disabled parking spots should be reserved only for the state's most vulnerable citizens.
    
The new law imposes fines of up to $1,000 for using a handicapped license plate or placard that was issued to a person who has since died. It also increases the period of driver's license suspension for anyone who wrongfully displays a handicapped plate or placard.
    
It also grants the Registry of Motor Vehicles greater authority to review applications for handicapped parking access.
    
The legislation was filed after a 2016 state inspector general report that found rampant abuse of access to handicapped parking.

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