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Singleton, Burzichelli, Gusciora Measure Updating Placard Requirements for Individuals with Disabilities to Cut Down on Abuses Approved by Assembly
(TRENTON) - Legislation Assemblymen Troy Singleton, John J. Burzichelli and Reed Gusciora sponsored to add an extra layer of verification to the process of issuing and renewing person with a disability identification placards used by motorists to access disabled parking has been approved by the Assembly and now awaits further consideration by the Senate.
"Instances of abuse involving person with a disability parking tags were first brought to my attention by a concerned constituent with a severe disability who had firsthand experience with the problem," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "After listening to her concerns and talking to my colleagues, we came up with what we think is a simple, yet effective, way to address the problem."
Under current law, "handicapped" placards issued to individuals with a disability do not have an expiration date. This has led to situations in which individuals who received a tag while temporarily disabled continued to use the tag - and the privileges it confers - even after it is no longer needed.
Under the Singleton/Burzichelli/Gusciora bill (A-2947), the following changes would be made concerning the issuance and renewal of temporary and permanent identification cards and placards for individuals with disabilities:
"Providing tags to access parking dedicated for people with disabilities is a small way to make daily activities a little less challenging for individuals with disabilities and their families," said Gusciora (D-Mercer). "So when these tags are abused or misused, it can cause a disruption that cascades throughout the person's whole day. Adding prominent, visible expiration dates to these tags will help eliminate some of the abuse."
Several states, including Florida, California, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Wisconsin have some or all of these restrictions already in place.
The bill was approved by the Assembly 79-0 last month.
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