FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2015
DMV, Police Chiefs and State Police Remind Motorists That
Handicapped Parking Spaces Are Only for Those Disabled
WETHERSFIELD -- The Department of Motor Vehicles, the Connecticut State Police and the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association would like to remind motorists that handicapped parking spaces are only for those with disabilities qualifying them for the handicapped parking placard.
As warm weather returns and people travel more often, these public safety organizations are asking motorists to be respectful of spaces designated for handicapped parking. Able-bodied people taking handicapped designated parking spots is illegal.
Those using those designated spaces without their vehicle displaying the DMV-issued window placard face fines and court costs, which can increase for multiple offenders. In addition, they face the possible tow of their vehicle, which could add to out-of-pocket costs for violating this state law.
"I would like drivers who don't qualify to think twice before pulling into one of those spots. Would they appreciate a disabled loved one or friend being inconvenienced just because someone just wanted a closer space and was quite capable of walking? It is disrespectful and inconsiderate, put simply," said DMV Commissioner Andres Ayala, Jr.
The Connecticut Police Chiefs Association and the State Police will be reminding their officers to be watching for those in violation of the law and ticket them when necessary.
“Violations of Connecticut laws related to designated handicapped spaces and permits is a serious issue,” said Chief Joseph M. Dooley, President of the CT Police Chiefs Association. “All motorists are reminded to obey the law and be respectful of those who are authorized to use the spaces. Connecticut law enforcement agencies are committed to enforcing violations of this law”.
“Taking a designated parking spot from a disabled driver or passenger is not only wrong, it is illegal,” said Commissioner Dora B. Schriro of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. “We ask all motorists to leave handicapped-designated parking spots for those who truly need them. But make no mistake, those who choose to violate this law will be subject to substantial fines and penalties.”
The DMV issues the special permits for handicapped parking privileges. Medical professionals sign off on a driver's need for the parking permit. Those with permits are also asked to use them properly. If anyone misuses the parking permit or allows another to misuse them, the DMV may revoke the permit or deny renewal. The most common misuse is when someone other than the person with a disability uses the plates or permit to park in a space reserved for people with disabilities. These parking permits are valid only when the person with a disability who received the permit is driving the vehicle or is a passenger in it.
Anyone interested in applying for a handicapped parking permit can find information
and forms at ct.gov/dmv. In general:
- The permit, which can be extended or temporary, is for the exclusive use of the disabled person.
- The parking permit gives an individual permission to park in spaces reserved for individuals with a disability.
- It may be used in any vehicle in which the disabled person is riding in.
- The permit is designed to hang from the rearview mirror when the vehicle is parked, but should be removed when the vehicle is being operated.
- Permits may also be issued to a facility or an agency for vehicles they use primarily to transport people with qualifying disabilities. A Special Permit Application and Impairment Certificate (form B-225) must be completed by the head of the facility or agency, and indicate the vehicle will be used at least 50 percent of the time for transporting eligible clients.
- Parking permits that extend beyond a short duration are renewed at the same time as the Connecticut driver’s license or identification card. If you do not have a Connecticut driver’s license or identification card, you must obtain one before you can obtain or renew a permanent parking permit. A re-certification by a medical professional is required.
Content Last Modified on 4/21/2015 2:27:43 PM