BOSTON (AP) -- State and city officials are vowing to crack down on the misuse of parking placards for the disabled after a media investigation found widespread abuse of the permits by the able bodied to get free, all-day parking without risking a ticket.
"Handicapped placard abuse is outrageous," Registrar of Motor Vehicles Rachel Kaprielian told the Boston Herald ( http://bit.ly/19Rj6cS ).
Kaprielian says she wants to hold a "summit" with other authorities on the matter.
A three-week investigation by the newspaper caught scores of people using placards belonging to others for prime parking in one two-block area of Boston. In many cases, the placards belonged to relatives. In some, the placards were reported stolen.
Boston disability commissioner Kristen McCosh says the abuse is "rampant" because the risk of getting caught is low.
Information from: Boston Herald, http://www.bostonherald.com