Abuse of disability parking placards may cost Boston millions each year, report says

Investigators found 325 vehicles with parking passes belonging to someone else over a 34-day period.

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State investigators discovered 325 vehicles in Boston displaying disability parking placards belonging to someone else over a 34-day period, reports The Boston Globe.

Inspector General Glenn A. Cunha’s office launched the investigation in June 2014 and released a report this week citing the results. “The improper use of placards in Boston may cost the city millions of dollars each year’’ in lost parking meter revenue, the report says, according to the Globe.

Investigators watched the Theater District, Copley Square, Fenway, and parts of the Back Bay for the improper use of the placards, which allow disabled people to park at designated spaces and parking meters for free.

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The report recommends state officials toughen penalties for the parking abuse.

“It really is too bad that there’s still widespread abuse of this, when there’s lots of people who need disabled parking,’’ Christine Griffin, executive director of the Disability Law Center Inc. in Boston, told the Globe.

Read the full story in the Globe.

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