Steve Haskins
More drivers acquiring disabled parking placards

The term "disabled" may evoke images of wheelchairs or crutches, but it is a far broader category — particularly when it comes to getting disabled parking placards. More than one in 10 California motorists are disabled, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles. At the start of this year, the agency had issued about 2 million permanent placards, 158,000 temporary placards, 345,000 disabled person license plates and 17,500 disabled veteran license plates. In total, about 2.6 million out of about 23 million licensed drivers in the state are classified disabled, or about 11%. The numbers are so large, the controls on getting these placards so squishy and the...