BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — People with disabilities will now be required to have their medical conditions recertified every three years to qualify for New Jersey's handicapped parking privileges.
Motor Vehicle Commission chief administrator Raymond Martinez announced the changes Wednesday in Bridgewater. They take effect August 1.
Motorists must have medical conditions reclassified by a qualified practitioner every three years in order to obtain a new handicap placard.
Motorists who already hold handicap placards will not need to submit recertification until their current privileges are due for renewal.
The placards will also be redesigned to make the expiration date clearly visible. Handicap license plates are renewed every year but are also subject to the three-year medical recertification.
The new rules aim to reduce fraud associated with the handicapped parking program.