Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has appointed Charles County Sheriff Frederick E. Davis to serve on the Task Force on Parking for Individuals with Disabilities. The appointment follows Gov. Ehrlichs approval of Senate Bill 368.
The bill requires the task force to study current laws regarding parking privileges for individuals with disabilities, with a focus on laws governing parking spaces designated for Class M, or multipurpose, vehicles and for the use of individuals with disabilities. The task force will make specific recommendations, including developing draft legislation and regulations, on issues relating to parking placards and special registration plates for individuals with disabilities and parking spaces designated for use by individuals with disabilities.
"I am honored Gov. Ehrlich has appointed me to serve on this task force," said Sheriff Frederick E. Davis. "There is some concern about the process of obtaining parking placards and special registration plates for individuals with disabilities, so we will evaluate the current process to see what changes need to be made. Our goal will be to ensure those individuals who do have disabilities are granted special parking privileges critical to their health, safety and well-being, while also prohibiting anyone from abusing those privileges."
The task force will also ensure the Motor Vehicle Administration can effectively and efficiently process applications for parking placards and special registration for individuals with disabilities and that the placards, special registration and parking spaces designated for individuals with disabilities are not abused because of misinformation or lack of empathy.