NEW HAVEN COMMISSION ON DISABILITIES RAISES BILL TO GENERAL ASSEMBLY
(3/6/2008) The Transportation Committee of the New Haven Commission on Disabilities, led by David Hicks recently raised Bill No. 499 at the Senate and House of Representatives in the General Assembly’s February Session. The bill enhances current legislation concerning the parking and transportation regulations surrounding disabled persons. The bill clarifies and improves such legislation, particularly with regards to parking permits and methods of enforcement that ensure that the parking rights of those with disabilities are protected.
The new bill focuses on enhancing the process by which persons with disabilities can renew their windshield placards. These placards allow them to park legally in reserved parking spaces for disabled persons. Moreover, to make certain that only persons with disabilities will receive such parking privileges, all existing placards will be recalled. To renew placards, residents must receive a certification from a licensed physician or an advanced practice registered nurse, thus ensuring that all renewed placards are valid and rightfully received.
Moreover, the bill ameliorates methods of enforcement of statutory and regulatory provisions concerning parking in areas designated for persons with windshield placards. A new online program will allow members of the public to file complaints of violations of parking permissions for persons with disabilities. In addition, increased ancillary staff will be employed to enforce statutes and regulations for parking provisions, further assuring that persons with disabilities receive the support they need in terms of parking and transportation.
The Office of the Mayor fully supports the raised bill as well as the efforts of the Commission on Disabilities to strengthen the quality of life for all persons with disabilities residing in the New Haven area. The act is scheduled to take effect on October 1st, 2008.
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