New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently approved new rules affecting disabled parking in the state. The legislation is intended to reduce the abuse and wrongful issuance of disabled parking privileges.
The legislation was sponsored by State Senators Diane Allen (R- Burlington) and Joe Pennacchio (R- Morris), as well as Assemblymen Troy Singleton (D-Burlington), John J. Burzichelli (D-Gloucester) and Reed Gusciora (D-Mercer).
“Every time someone who is not disabled inappropriately obtains or uses a placard, he or she takes that parking space away from someone truly in need,” said Allen. “I’m pleased that the Governor has signed common sense changes to the law that will ensure proper verification of a placard holder’s disability on an ongoing basis.”
The new law requires signed verification of the applicant’s disability by a physician, physician’s assistant, chiropractor, or nurse practitioner. Additionally, the placards will expire and require renewal every three years.