New bill seeks handicapped parking permit reform

NORWALK - People with disabilities face many day-to-day challenges, not the least among them is having their handicapped parking space stolen by able-bodied drivers, but now a legislation is in the works to put an end to it.

State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-Wilton) is sponsoring a bill that would require handicapped parking permit holders to have their photos printed on their permits so that only they or the drivers accompanying them could use them.

Lavielle says people with disabilities have enough to worry about without fighting over parking spots.

"It is reprehensible when people take advantage of something that is not designed to help them, but to help others," she says.

Lavielle adds that people who use a handicapped permit as a vehicle for fraud could soon be on a collision course with the law.

Public hearing on Bill to Add Photos to CT Handicapped Permits (HB 5952)10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 14State CapitolLegislative Office BuildingRoom 1EFor more info, e-mail: gail.lavielle@cga.ct.gov

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