Bill to Protect Against Disabled Parking Permit Abuse Passes Senate

By Jimmy Holley

On Wednesday, March 18th, the Alabama State Senate passed Senate Bill 82 by Jimmy Holley (R-Elba) to improve the application process for receiving and using disabled parking permits. Currently, applicants for the permit do not have to provide information such as a valid state issued driver’s license number, non-driver identification number, or other identifying information as prerequisite.

“Designated parking spaces for disabled drivers should be used only by those with true disabilities, not by people who borrow the handicap pass for convenience,” said Senator Holley. “Asking for an applicant’s information is reasonable and increases accountability. It should also help cut down on fraud.”

Sen. Holley’s legislation requires that the identifying information of the placard holder be maintained on the state registration databases. The goal is to help law enforcement know if someone is authorized to use the permit.

“We owe it to those with disabilities to improve the disabled parking permit process,” Holley concluded. “I thank the state senate for supporting this legislation to better protect our citizens.”