Senate passes bill to tow cars illegally parked in handicapped spaces

Senate passes bill to tow cars illegally parked in handicapped spaces

PROVIDENCE — The R.I. Senate on Tuesday passed legislation introduced by Sen. Frank Lombardi, of District 26 in Cranston, that would mandate the towing of cars that are illegally parked in handicapped parking spaces.

The bill specifies that any vehicle parked illegally in a properly marked handicapped space would be towed at the owner’s expense.

“Parking illegally in a handicapped space is one of the most unconscionable of petty crimes,” said Lombardi in a statement. “Most of us have witnessed this happening at one time or another. It’s infuriating and frustrating. This legislation would direct law enforcement to have the vehicle towed in addition to citing the vehicle’s owner with a fine.”

The bill would amend the existing law, which calls for a $100 fine for a first violation, a $175 fine for a second violation, and a $325 fine for a third or subsequent violation.

It also specifies that the parking spaces must be properly marked with a blue and white international symbol of access sign with the words “Handicapped Parking,” “Disability Parking,” “Disabled Parking,” or “Reserved Parking.”

The measure now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.


Is the fine waived for handicapped individuals who just forgot to hang their blue plastic sign on their mirror? I would like any revenues from this bill to be directed to a fund specifically to be used to aid the handicapped in some way; NOT to the general fund.

This is one of my biggest pet peeves. People are violating handicapped parking use in many ways. Some are sharing place cards, some are using place cards issued to parents,and many people are getting place cards issued to themselves for convenience use rather than meeting the any of following criteria taken from the RI DMV.
A. Cannot walk without the use of a brace, cane, crutch, wheelchair, prosthetic device or another
B. Suffers from lung disease to such an extent that forced (respiratory) expiratory volume for one
second, when measured by spirometry, is less than one liter, or the arterial oxygen tension is less
than 60 mm/hg on room air at rest.
C. Needs portable oxygen.
D. Has a cardiac condition to the extent that your functional limitations are classified in severity as
Class III or Class IV according to standards set by the American Heart Association.
E. Legally blind, visual acuity of 20/200 or worse in the better eye with corrective lenses.
 Temporary Condition - Expected duration: _______ months.
(Minimum two (2) months; maximum twelve (12) months)
 Long Term Condition (one to three years duration): _______ years.

 Permanent Condition (in excess of three years or more.

It is great these violators are being cracked down on. I agree the revenues from this bill should be directed to a fund specifically to be used to aid the handicapped. Maybe put it toward the enforcement of proper use of handicapped plate both during issuing of plates and verifying the documentation of those plates during use. Make it easy for people to report suspected violations to a designated party responsible for follow up, verification and enforcement. If Providence can utilize an army of meter maids to be able to ticket people who are 2 seconds too late to put more money in their parking meter, why are they not enforcing the despicable act of violating the laws put in place to help the disabled?

Who will be policing the Police ? I have seen Police cars parked in handicapped spots at convenient store. I have picture to prove.