by Max Brantley
Under Act 1003 of 2017, the Arkansas General Assembly established a mechanism for a person to report the suspected misuse of a disabled license plate, disabled placard, or a disabled parking space to the Office of Motor Vehicle.The website at which complaints can be made cautions:
Beginning Friday, August 11, 2017, report misuse of parking for persons with disabilities by calling 1-866-NOPARK5 or completing the Misuse of Parking Complaint Report at portal.dfa.arkansas.gov/MisuseParking. All recorded incident data will be collected to further the cause in advocating Arkansas Laws, educating those with parking privileges and those that continue to violate the rights of Arkansans with disabilities.
Complaint must be based on fact rather than suspicion. Please remember not all disabilities are apparent nor does every individual with a disability use a mobility device such as a cane, walker, scooter or wheelchair. Never confront any person you think may be abusing the program. If the situation requires immediate attention, please contact your local police department.No kidding. I well remember my embarrassment — and a small degree of subsequent satisfaction — when an officious vigilante called me
A couple of things will take place. One, we will forward the complaint to local law enforcement (it is up to them whether or not to follow up on it). Two, once we’ve verified it is a vehicle that does not qualify for parking for those with disabilities, we (DFA) will send them a letter informing them of the alleged offense. The letter makes clear we (DFA) are not ticketing them, etc. We are simply noting we are aware of it and confirm we’ve forwarded to local law enforcement. Our hope is the letter of notification is a deterrent in itself.