PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Portland City Council has approved an ordinance that allows parking enforcement officers to issue $200 tickets to drivers who misuse disabled parking placards.
The ordinance approved Monday takes effect in 30 days.
Parking Manager John Peverada estimates his department sees about 50 cases a year of people misusing the placards that hang from the rear-view mirror to either park in spots reserved for the disabled or get free parking at meters.
He tells the Portland Press Herald, most of the abuse involves people altering the expiration date on a placard or using a relative’s placard.
Under current law, only police can issue tickets for improper use of the placards, but the police chief says his officers are too busy dealing with more serious crimes.