Huntington Beach Establishes Fine for Misuse of Disabled Placards


The Huntington Beach Civic Center.

With a rise in the misuse of disabled parking placards, Huntington Beach is cracking down on offenders with an ordinance that gives the police department the authority to issue citations that will carry a fine of $880.

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The city is struggling with people using other people’s placards, said Police Chief Robert Handy.

The City Council on Nov. 18 unanimously approved a resolution stating that the new $880 fine is “necessary since current city fines for misuse of a disabled placard have not had a sufficient deterrent effect in reducing the illegal use of disabled placards in the city.”

Councilwoman Kim Carr asked the police department to be “very compassionate and open” about expired tags for families with a disabled member.

“$880 is a hell of a fine,” Karr said.

Chief Handy said, “Our intent here isn’t to hold disabled people accountable for an expired tag. It’s really to get rid of the fraud and abuse.”

The resolution will go into effect in January.