SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — San Francisco is considering a major policy plan that would eliminate free parking for drivers who use disabled placards.
Abuse of the placards by able-bodied people is making it hard for handicapped drivers to find parking.READ MORE: Social Housing May Be A Fix For San Francisco's Housing Affordability Crisis
San Francisco has 28,000 street parking spaces and more than 60,000 disabled placards.
“There is a systemic issue throughout the state…we need to address to make sure medical providers only provide these placards to people who actually have disabilities,” said Supervisor Scott Weiner.READ MORE: UPDATE: Police Arrest Suspect After Knife-Wielding Man Flees 2-Alarm Apartment Fire In San Francisco's Castro
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is working on a new policy. Supervisor Weiner said he’s not too keen on charging the disabled.
“We have to be careful, because there are a lot of people with disabilities who rely on these disabled parking placards,” said Weiner. “It’s really their lifeline.”MORE NEWS: COVID: California Allows For Some Fans At Ballparks, Limited Capacity At Amusement Parks April 1
Disabled advocate Bob Plant supports the change. “The DMV needs to do better in educating people who get a blue placard,” said Plant. “You don’t loan it to your neighbor, or your son… period.”