Oakland, CA –To ensure that parking remains available to those who
need it, Oakland’s Department of Transportation (OakDOT) has resumed
enforcement that cracks down on disabled person placard fraud and abuse. Sting
operations will involve random audits of disabled person placards, issuing
citations to individuals for using a fake or expired placard, or a placard
issued to someone else. OakDOT will conduct these efforts across the city, concentrating
on commercial district areas where our data show that fraud most often occurs.
Disabled person placard fraud and misuse is a serious and important problem
that harms our disability community. When someone games the system by using a
disabled person placard that belongs to someone else, or using a fake/expired
placard, they deprive people with disabilities from using parking spaces that
are intended to be available to them. In the past, similar sting efforts have
resulted in more than 1,000 citations issued in a single year.
The City of Oakland’s parking enforcement staff are now part of the Parking
and Mobility Division within OakDOT. The Parking Enforcement team is more
committed than ever to promoting compliance and supporting the safe, equitable,
shared use of the right-of-way. Disabled person placard abusers run the risk of
being caught and cited by an OakDOT Parking Control Technician. The fine for
misuse or abuse of a placard is $513.
To report parking violations or
request enforcement in your neighborhood, contact OakDOT’s parking enforcement
dispatch line. Dispatch operators are available Monday through Friday,
8:30am-5:00pm, at (510) 238-3099. You can also leave a message during off-hours
and our staff will follow up with you.