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Beverly Hills Busts Abusers of Handicapped Parking Passes

Twenty-one placards were repossessed in an April 24 sweep overseen by the city's Traffic and Parking Commission.

The abuse of disabled parking privileges has been an issue for a while in parking-challenged Beverly Hills.

City officials have now stepped in to stop it with the first of a likely series of sweeps against misusers, potentially generating extra revenues for the city. 

An April 24 raid by City of Beverly Hills parking enforcement officers targeted a several-block area just north of Wilshire Boulevard where many complaints of abuse had been reported, according to the Beverly Hills Traffic and Parking Commission.

According to a release, officers inspected 112 handicapped parking placards along the 200 and 300 blocks of Camden Drive, and on Dayton and Brighton ways between Roxbury and Camden drives.

They seized 21 placards, for being lost, stolen, expired or belonging to someone dead. Only 11 were surrendered voluntarily. Traffic and Parking Commission chair Alan Grushcow promised more sweeps.

“The sweep yielded an unusually high number of invalid placards, showing that this is a serious problem,” Grushcow said in a statement.

Not only do handicapped passes make finding a space easier. They also mean drivers do not pay to park, potentially a lot of lost revenue for the city.

The Beverly Hills Police Department dispatchers helped identify the holders of the placards. Members of the Traffic and Parking Commission observed.

cutop May 02, 2013 at 01:10 AM
It is particularly disheartening when you see an able-bodied person with a placard parking in an actual handicap zone. I have thought for some time now that a good idea would be to require a name or code on the placard identifying the doctor or official who has issued the placard. This way, if the police see abuse from one doctor or official in particular, they can go after them. I think the threat of that... the idea that the placard can readily be linked back to the issuer... may curb a lot of doctors/officials from issuing these to people who do not need them.
George Vreeland Hill May 02, 2013 at 02:14 AM
This is a problem around the country and it's getting worse. Thank God it is being dealt with here in BH. Now go after the cheaters on Beverly Drive and elsewhere. It is awful to see someone abusing the passes while someone who needed the spot had to walk. Time to get tough.
William Brenner May 02, 2013 at 05:38 AM
Perhaps I was too strict but I have been practicing medicine as a licensed physician and surgeon since 1970 and I never issued a handicapped parking permit.Not once. I told my cardiac patients that walking was good for them. I never knew of a problem.
Ellen Lutwak May 02, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Good to hear. We've noticed lots of limos with the placards, they're usually parked on residential streets with permit parking - with the drivers in the car, sleeping, smoking or watching TV. And yes, walking is good for people.
Cecelia Vela-Bailey May 02, 2013 at 06:34 PM
corner of Clifton Way and Arnez is hotbed for handicap placards-at least 30 our employee says- amazing how many handicapped work in Beverly Hills at medical buildings. For those that are really handicapped-the targeting will only help you get a parking spot in a very conjested area. The residents are having quite a time having visitors,repair people,ect during the day.
Anthea Raymond (Editor) May 03, 2013 at 12:42 AM
I agree. Biking too. Thanks for the Spago tip BTW. AR
Ilona Sherman May 03, 2013 at 03:22 AM
I would like to join the long list of residents and add the 100 Block of North Oakhurst. Anytime during the week from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm...almost EVERY car parked has a handicap placard. Thankyou to the Police Department and Traffic and Parking for their continued work in this area of abuse.
Canuck May 03, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Just remember that all handicaps are not visible. Yes, many of us can walk but not far. I hope other cities take on this abusive situation. My paperwork is always with me even though I have handicap plates. I would gladly trade my plates/placard for ridding myself of the misery of extremity pain and numbness.

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