The Los Angeles City Council moved forward Tuesday with a plan to add a monetary civil penalty for anyone caught misusing a disabled parking placard.
The City Council adopted a resolution in 2013 prohibiting the use of a disabled parking placard or special license plate that -- according to DMV records -- had been lost, stolen, surrendered, canceled, revoked or expired, or was issued to a person who has been deceased for more than 60 days. The resolution also prohibited the use of a disabled placard or special license plate when not transporting the individual to whom the placard or license plate was issued.
However, the resolution did not provide for a monetary penalty for violating thee prohibitions. The council voted 14-0 to impose a monetary penalty of not less than $250 or more than $1,000 on an individual who misuses a disabled parking placard or special license plate. State law also imposes an additional 10 percent of the penalty, which is deposited with the city.
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The council vote directs the City Attorney's Office to draft an ordinance outlining the new fines and policies.