From Robert Whitcomb's "Digital Diary,'' in GoLocal24.com:
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a bill to crack down on people who misuse disability credentials to get handicapped parking spaces. Rhode Island officials would do well to order the same sort of crackdown.
We sometimes see people who seem in very good physical condition using handicapped parking placards in order to park in spaces very close to where they’re shopping, seeing physicians and so on.
The Boston Globe reported that the new law, which increases the authority of the Registry of Motor Vehicles to investigate fraudulent applications for handicapped placards, was enacted after a 2016 report from the state inspector general found that people were misusing placards in every Boston neighborhood that was watched.
“’The use of disability parking placards should be reserved for our most vulnerable residents,’ Baker said. Obviously.
The issue reminds me that the demand for handicapped parking will presumably continue to surge with the aging of the population. But will self-driving cars cool that demand as auto-autos pick up and drop off people exactly where they want to be?
And then there are those “therapy animals,’’ mostly dogs, with owners with invisible health problems.