By Bob Katzen
The House gave initial approval to a bill that allows people who legally utilize a handicap placard or license plate to challenge, without a fee, a finding that he or she parked illegally in a handicap space. Current law requires the payment of a fee to have the matter heard by the city or town’s parking clerk.
Another provision allows an accused person to challenge the parking clerk’s unfavorable decision by appealing directly to the mayor or Board of Selectmen before going to the courts. Under current law, an appeal of the case goes from the parking clerk to the court.
“This legislation waives a financial penalty associated with appealing misidentified violators of handicap parking bylaws or ordinances,” said the bill’s sponsor Rep. Alice Peisch (D-Wellesley). “While it is essential to strictly enforce handicap parking laws, it is unfair to require legitimate holders of handicap licenses and placards to pay a fee simply to appeal a wrongly issued ticket.”