"It does sort of invite this corruption and is a disservice to other motorists" - Michael Manville
Some may regard their local parking enforcement workers as people who swarm upon vehicles once their sessions expire, and ticket them not a minute too late. While this notion serves public good and acts as a significant revenue to cities that could use the funding in budget crises, many cities have overlooked disabled parking patrons. As it turns out, the California Department of Motor Vehicles has figured that many disabled placard holders are holding onto their placards well after they expire. In turn, this has created a large number of deviants, taking up spaces potentially needed for those with valid placards. As part of a new operation, the City of Los Angeles has launched a campaign to remove, ticket, and regain lost revenue by finding violators of both handicap parking spaces, and those abusing disabled parking placards. UCLA Lewis Center researcher Michael Manville, and former UCLA Urban Planning graduate student Jonathan Williams both commented on the Los Angeles Times Article detailing the operation and disabled placard problem. The article can be found here.