MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Starting Monday, city parking enforcement officials will more frequently tow cars to stop people from using handicapped parking permits that have been lost, stolen or illegally borrowed at parking meters.
In addition to having their cars towed at their expense, violators face a $500 misdemeanor fine.
Handicapped people with current permits can leave their cars at street meters all day without having to pay. The rule does not apply to 15-minute meters.
The crackdown is part of an effort to meet the needs of the growing number of disabled people working in Minneapolis.
An experimental program earlier this year involved one agent patrolling streets exclusively for handicapped parking abuses. In six weeks, 50 violators were caught.
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