BILL NUMBER: AB 2602 AMENDED
AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY MARCH 18, 2016
INTRODUCED BY Assembly Member Gatto
FEBRUARY 19, 2016
An act to amend
22511.5 and 22511.55 of the Vehicle Code, relating to
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST
AB 2602, as amended, Gatto. Disabled parking placards.
Existing law authorizes a disabled person to apply to the
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for the issuance of a
distinguishing license plate or placard that entitles the person to
park for unlimited periods in a restricted zone, as specified, and to
park in metered spaces without paying parking meter fees. Existing
law requires the distinguishing placard to be returned to the DMV not
later than 60 days after the death of the person to whom the placard
was issued. Existing law prohibits the DMV from issuing a
distinguishing placard unless a certificate substantiating the person'
s disability is signed by a physician, nurse practitioner, certified
nurse midwife, or physician assistant, unless the person's disability
is readily observable and uncontested.
This bill would authorize a local authority to require a disabled
person or disabled veteran to pay parking meter fees and to prohibit
a disabled person or disabled veteran from parking for a period that
exceeds the length of time permitted for that parking zone, pursuant
to an ordinance or resolution adopted by the local authority at an
open meeting, if specified conditions are satisfied. The bill would
also require the DMV, if it becomes aware that a person to whom a
disabled person parking placard was issued is deceased, to notify the
informant identified on the certificate of death of his or her legal
responsibility to return the placard and to provide instructions on
how to do so. The bill would require, as a prerequisite for the
issuance or renewal of a distinguishing placard, that the certificate
substantiating the person's disability be signed under penalty of
By expanding the crime of perjury, this bill would impose a
state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local
agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the
state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this
act for a specified reason.
Existing law authorizes a disabled person or disabled veteran
displaying a special license plate or a distinguishing placard issued
by the Department of Motor Vehicles or a foreign jurisdiction to
park for unlimited periods in a restricted zone or parking zone, as
specified, and to park in metered spaces without paying parking meter
This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to this
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no
yes . State-mandated local program: no
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION 1. Section 22511.5 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:
22511.5. (a) (1) A disabled person or disabled veteran displaying
a special license plate issued under Section 5007 or a
distinguishing placard issued under Section 22511.55 or 22511.59
is allowed to may park for unlimited
periods in any of the following zones:
(A) In any restricted zone described in paragraph (5) of
subdivision (a) of Section 21458 or on streets upon which
preferential parking privileges and height limits have been given
pursuant to Section 22507.
(B) In any parking zone that is restricted as to the length of
time parking is permitted as indicated by a sign erected pursuant to
a local ordinance.
(2) A disabled person or disabled veteran may park in any metered
parking space without being required to pay parking meter fees.
(3) This subdivision does not apply to a zone for which state law
or ordinance absolutely prohibits stopping, parking, or standing of
all vehicles, or that the law or ordinance reserves for special types
of vehicles, or to the parking of a vehicle that is involved in the
operation of a street vending business.
(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), a local authority may require
a disabled person or disabled veteran to pay parking meter fees, and
may prohibit a disabled person or disabled veteran from parking for
a period that exceeds the length of time permitted for that parking
zone, pursuant to an ordinance or resolution adopted by the local
authority at an open meeting, if all of the following requirements
(1) The local authority performs a self-assessment of its
compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
(42 U.S.C. Sec. 12101 et seq.) with regard to its provision of
parking spaces that are accessible to disabled persons.
(2) The assessment is made publicly available on an Internet Web
site at least 30 days prior to the meeting to discuss the proposed
ordinance or resolution.
(3) The public is provided with an opportunity to comment on the
assessment and proposed ordinance or resolution at the meeting.
(4) The local authority posts signs indicating that a person
displaying a special license plate or placard is required to pay
parking meter fees and is prohibited from parking for a period that
exceeds the permitted length of time.
(5) The local authority makes all reasonable accommodations,
including the provision of free parking for individuals who, by
virtue of their disability, are unable to insert payment into a
(c) A disabled person or disabled veteran is
allowed to may park a motor vehicle displaying a
special disabled person license plate or placard issued by a foreign
jurisdiction with the same parking privileges authorized in this
code for any motor vehicle displaying a special license plate or a
distinguishing placard issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
SEC. 2. Section 22511.55 of the Vehicle
Code is amended to read:
22511.55. (a) (1) A disabled person or disabled veteran may apply
to the department for the issuance of a distinguishing placard. The
placard may be used in lieu of the special license plate or plates
issued under Section 5007 for parking purposes described in Section
22511.5 when (A) suspended from the rearview mirror, (B) if there is
no rearview mirror, when displayed on the dashboard of a vehicle, or
(C) inserted in a clip designated for a distinguishing placard and
installed by the manufacturer on the driver's side of the front
window. It is the intent of the Legislature to encourage the use of
distinguishing placards because they provide law enforcement officers
with a more readily recognizable symbol for distinguishing vehicles
qualified for the parking privilege. The placard shall be the size,
shape, and color determined by the department and shall bear the
International Symbol of Access adopted pursuant to Section 3 of
Public Law 100-641, commonly known as the "wheelchair symbol." The
department shall incorporate instructions for the lawful use of a
placard, and a summary of the penalties for the unlawful use of a
placard, into the identification card issued to the placard owner.
(2) (A) The department may establish procedures for the issuance
and renewal of the placards. The procedures shall include, but are
not limited to, advising an applicant in writing on the application
for a placard of the procedure to apply for a special license plate
or plates, as described in Section 5007, and the fee exemptions
established pursuant to Section 9105 and in subdivision (a) of
Section 10783 of the Revenue and Taxation Code. The placards shall
have a fixed expiration date of June 30 every two years. A portion of
the placard shall be printed in a contrasting color that shall be
changed every two years. The size and color of this contrasting
portion of the placard shall be large and distinctive enough to be
readily identifiable by a law enforcement officer in a passing
(B) As used in this section, "year" means the period between the
inclusive dates of July 1 through June 30.
(C) Prior to the end of each year, the department shall, for the
most current three years available, compare its record of disability
placards issued against the records of the Office of Vital Records of
the State Department of Public Health, or its successor, and
withhold any renewal notices that otherwise would have been sent for
a placardholder identified as deceased.
(3) Except as provided in paragraph (4), a person shall not be
eligible for more than one placard at a time.
(4) Organizations and agencies involved in the transportation of
disabled persons or disabled veterans may apply for a placard for
each vehicle used for the purpose of transporting disabled persons or
(b) (1) Except as provided in paragraph (4), prior to issuing
an original or renewing a
distinguishing placard to a disabled person or disabled veteran, the
department shall require the submission of a certificate, in
accordance with paragraph (2), signed under penalty of perj
ury by the physician and surgeon, or to the extent
that it does not cause a reduction in the receipt of federal aid
highway funds, by a nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife, or
physician assistant, substantiating the disability, unless the
applicant's disability is readily observable and uncontested. The
disability of a person who has lost, or has lost use of, one or more
lower extremities or one hand, for a disabled veteran, or both hands,
for a disabled person, or who has significant limitation in the use
of lower extremities, may also be certified by a licensed
chiropractor. The blindness of an applicant shall be certified by a
licensed physician and surgeon who specializes in diseases of the eye
or a licensed optometrist. The physician and surgeon, nurse
practitioner, certified nurse midwife, physician assistant,
chiropractor, or optometrist certifying the qualifying disability
shall provide a full description of the illness or disability on the
form submitted to the department.
(2) The physician and surgeon, nurse practitioner, certified nurse
midwife, physician assistant, chiropractor, or optometrist who signs
a certificate submitted under this subdivision shall retain
information sufficient to substantiate that certificate and, upon
request of the department, shall make that information available for
inspection by the Medical Board of California or the appropriate
(3) The department shall maintain in its records all information
on an applicant's certification of permanent disability and shall
make that information available to eligible law enforcement or
parking control agencies upon a request pursuant to Section 22511.58.
(4) For a disabled veteran, the department shall accept, in lieu
of the certificate described in paragraph (1), a certificate from the
United States Department of Veterans Affairs that certifies that the
applicant is a disabled veteran as described in Section 295.7.
(c) A person who is issued a distinguishing placard pursuant to
subdivision (a) may apply to the department for a substitute placard
without recertification of eligibility, if that placard is lost or
(d) (1) The distinguishing placard shall be
returned to the department not later than 60 days after the death of
the disabled person or disabled veteran to whom the placard was
(2) If the department becomes aware that the person to whom the
placard was issued is deceased, the department shall notify the
informant identified on the certificate of death of his or her legal
responsibility to return the placard to the department and provide
instructions on how to do so.
(e) The department shall print on any distinguishing placard
issued on or after January 1, 2005, the maximum penalty that may be
imposed for a violation of Section 4461. For purposes of this
subdivision, the "maximum penalty" is the amount derived from adding
all of the following:
(1) The maximum fine that may be imposed under Section 4461.
(2) The penalty required to be imposed under Section 70372 of the
(3) The penalty required to be levied under Section 76000 of the
(4) The penalty required to be levied under Section 1464 of the
(5) The surcharge required to be levied under Section 1465.7 of
the Penal Code.
(6) The penalty authorized to be imposed under Section 4461.3.
SEC. 3. No reimbursement is required by this act
pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California
Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local
agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a
new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or
changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of
Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a
crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the