CHICAGO, IL – Legislation sponsored by state Rep. John D’Amico (D-Chicago) to crack down on parking scofflaws who engage in the unauthorized use of a disability license plate or parking decal recently passed out of the Illinois House.
“People who abuse a privilege reserved for people with disabilities deserve to be punished,” D’Amico said. “Increased fines and the possible revocation of driving privileges will work as a strong deterrent against this harmful practice.”
House Bill 5056 makes the unauthorized use of parking places reserved for persons with disabilities a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $2,500. The new measure also allows the Secretary of State to revoke the driving privileges of any person who violates this code or similar local ordinances by engaging in the unauthorized use of a disability license plate or parking decal originally issued to a person who is now deceased.
Additionally, the legislation provides that a person who commits a first violation of provisions prohibiting the use of a disability license plate or parking decal or device by a person who is not the authorized holder or is not transporting the authorized holder shall be fined $500 and have his or her driving privileges suspended.
“This new legislation sends a clear message that the unauthorized use of a disability plate or decal will not be tolerated,” D’Amico said. “Using parking spaces intended for people with disabilities is a serious issue that is being addressed through this measure. I believe this legislation will send a strong message to the people that are dishonestly using disability plates and stickers.”
For more information, please contact D’Amico’s constituent service office at (773) 736-0218.