A new state law that went into effect January 1 allows cities to crack down on disabled parking fraud. The law, authored by San Francisco Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, lets cities charge motorists $250 to $1,000 for using a fake, stolen, or borrowed disabled parking placard, the Chron reports. Disabled parking fraud is a widespread problem in the Bay Area, and the City of San Francisco is jumping on the new law and will consider a proposal this week to raise fines from $100 to $825.
Oakland should waste no time taking up a similar measure, especially in light of its ongoing budget problems. Disabled parking fraud appears to be a significant problem in Oakland, especially in downtown and in some busy shopping districts, so raising fines substantially could bring in much-needed funds.