Parking without Paying

Disability placards that allow drivers to park for free are the outcome of a well-intentioned policy that has had significant unintended negative consequences. Misuse of disability placards contributes to the chronic shortage of parking spaces. The reasons for providing free parking to the disabled via placards is challenged: most people with disabilities are not poor, and for those who do need income support, providing free parking is not a particularly effective way to help. Placard abuse is widespread, particularly where parking is expensive, with the fraud entirely driven by the placard's payment exemption. Placard exemption ordinances deprive cities of revenue and obstruct efforts to price parking and driving more accurately.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 10-16
  • Serial:
    • Access
    • Issue Number: 42
    • Publisher: University of California Transportation Center (UCTC)

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01494758
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 2013 10:38AM