Bill: No Free Rides For Disabled Parking Violators

Lawmakers Look To Punish Those Who Abuse Passes

TALLAHASEE, Fla. – Tired of seeing spry drivers leaping out of vehicles adorned with the signature blue permit tag dangling for the mirror, Sen. Gwen Margolis, D-Miami, and Rep. John Julien, D-North Miami Beach, have filed bills to require local officials to more frequently check the rolls of permit holders to make sure they are still among the living and in need of the free parking pass.

Margolis' bill, SB 226 was filed Wednesday and is similar to a measure, HB 27, Julien filed in June.

The bills require motorists to renew their permits in person.

The bills also require random audits, including a search of county death records -- every six months and bolster penalties for drivers who abuse the privilege.