Governor Baker was joined by several members of the House and Senate as well as Registrar of Motor Vehicles Erin Deveny at a ceremonial bill signing on November 27, 2017.
The legislation, An Act Relative to Handicapped Parking, increases penalties for handicap parking fraud and abuse and provides the Registrar with some additional statutory authority relative to applications and the investigation of fraudulent claims for handicap placards and motor vehicle license plates.
The new law amends Chapter 90 in Sections 2 and 24B, and includes the following key provisions:
- Prohibits the use of a handicap plate or placard used by someone who is using the name of a deceased person. An individual using a decedent’s placard or plate will be fined $500.00 for a first offense and $1000.00 for a second or subsequent offense;
- Increases the license suspension for a person who wrongfully displays a handicap plate or placard from 30 days to 60 days for a first such offense;
- Increases the license suspension for a person who wrongfully displays a handicap plate or placard from 90 days to 120 days for a second offense;
- Provides that anyone who obstructs the number or expiration date of a handicap placard or otherwise makes its visibility unclear will be fined $50.00;
- Amends Chapter 90, section 24B to impose criminal penalties for forging, stealing or counterfeiting a special parking identification placard; and
- Allows the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to refuse to process applications for handicap plates or placards if the applicant does not provide documentation or information required by the Registrar to verify the information contained within the application.
For additional Registry of Motor Vehicle questions,
please contact Kathy Cormier at email@example.com or 800-742-6363.
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