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Rs 47:463.4 Special License Plates Or Hang Tags For Persons With Mobility Impairments

§463.4. Special license plates or hang tags for persons with mobility impairments

A.(1) On the application of any person with a mobility impairment whose

impairment is permanent, the secretary shall issue a special license plate for the benefit of

the applicant. The applicant may designate one recipient motor vehicle owned or leased by

him, his spouse, his parents, his legal guardian, or by a legal entity which has designated the

vehicle as intended for the exclusive use of that person with a mobility impairment.

(2) Should the applicant designate a motor vehicle owned by his spouse, his parents,

his legal guardian, or a legal entity, the owner shall indicate written assent and acceptance

of the special plate with the understanding that it may be cancelled at will by the person with

a mobility impairment, upon written notice from the person with a mobility impairment to

the owner of the recipient motor vehicle and upon written notice to the secretary. A

cancelled special plate of this nature shall be surrendered to the secretary and such plate may

be reassigned to a motor vehicle as designated by the individual with a mobility impairment.

No additional fee shall be charged for such reassignment until renewal charges become due

upon expiration of the plate.

(3) The person to whom a special license plate has been issued, shall surrender the

plate to the secretary when:

(a) He changes his place of residence to another state, country, or province.

(b) He sells, exchanges, or donates the vehicle for which the license plate is issued.

(c) Any person who violates the provisions of this Subsection may be fined not less

than fifty dollars nor more than two hundred and fifty dollars, or may be imprisoned for not

more than thirty days, or both, for the first offense and, on the second and subsequent

offenses, a fine of not less than two hundred and fifty dollars nor more than five hundred

dollars may be imposed, or imprisonment for not more than thirty days, or both.

(4) Within forty-five days of the death of a person with a mobility impairment to

whom a special license plate has been issued, it shall be the responsibility of the next of kin

of that person to surrender the plate to the secretary.

(5) Any person who fails to surrender a special license plate in compliance with this

Subsection may be fined not less than fifty dollars nor more than five hundred dollars.

(6) The special license plates shall bear the international symbol of accessibility and

shall be followed by such numbers or letters as the secretary finds expedient. Each initial

application shall be accompanied by a currently dated medical examiner's statement

certifying that the applicant has a mobility impairment that is permanent.

(7) Repealed by Acts 2001, No. 626, §2.

B.(1) In addition to a special license plate, on the application for a hang tag made by

any person with a mobility impairment whose impairment is permanent, and upon a showing

of good cause, the secretary shall issue a hang tag, renewable as any driver's license for a

person whose impairment is permanent every four years and which shall be valid until

revoked or suspended. The secretary shall determine the form, size, and color of the hang

tag, and the material of which it is to be made. The card shall bear the international symbol

of accessibility. The secretary shall adopt and promulgate rules and regulations relating to

the issuance, revocation, surrender, and proper display of the tags. Each initial application

shall be accompanied by a currently dated medical examiner's statement which includes the

medical examiner's state license number certifying that the applicant has a mobility

impairment that is permanent.

(2) On the application for a hang tag made by any person with a mobility impairment

whose impairment is temporary, and upon showing of good cause, the secretary shall issue

a hang tag, renewable each year and which shall be valid until revoked or suspended. The

secretary shall determine the form, size, and color of the hang tag, and the material of which

it is to be made. The card shall bear the international symbol of accessibility. The secretary

shall adopt and promulgate rules and regulations relating to the issuance, revocation,

surrender, and proper display of the tags. Each initial application and each renewal

application shall be accompanied by a currently dated medical examiner's statement which

includes the medical examiner's state license number certifying that the applicant has a

mobility impairment that is temporary.

(3) No person to whom a hang tag is issued shall do either of the following:

(a) Display or permit the display of the hang tag on any motor vehicle when having

reasonable cause to believe the motor vehicle is being used in connection with an activity

which does not include providing transportation for a person with a mobility impairment.

(b) Refuse to return or surrender the hang tag, when required.

(4) For the purpose of this Section, "good cause" shall mean the existence of any of

the following circumstances:

(a) The person with a mobility impairment submitting an application for a hang tag

does not own a vehicle.

(b) The person with a mobility impairment submitting an application for a hang tag

needs or uses multiple vehicles in the performance of his employment or travel, or to obtain

medical treatment.

(c) Circumstances determined by the secretary to demonstrate compelling need.

(5) When a person to whom a hang tag has been issued changes his place of

residence to another state, country, or province, he shall surrender the hang tag to the

secretary. Upon the death of a person with a mobility impairment to whom a hang tag has

been issued, it shall be the responsibility of the next of kin of that person to surrender the tag

to the secretary.

(6) If the commissioner of motor vehicles, in his discretion, finds that appropriate

circumstances exist, up to three additional hang tags may be issued on behalf of a person

with a mobility impairment.

C.(1) If a hang tag is lost, destroyed, or mutilated, the person to whom the tag was

issued may obtain a duplicate by doing all of the following:

(a) Furnishing suitable proof of the loss, destruction, or mutilation to the secretary.

(b) Filing an application as required by this Section for the issuance of an original

hang tag.

(c) Paying a fee of three dollars for said reissuance.

(2) Any person who loses a hang tag and, after obtaining a duplicate, finds the

original, shall immediately surrender the original hang tag to the secretary or to any field

office of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, office of motor vehicles, and shall

not display the original hang tag on any vehicle for the purpose of exercising accessible

parking privileges.

D. The secretary shall not issue special license plates, hang tags, or mobility

impairment identification cards except as designated in this Section or in R.S. 47:490.4. Any

person with a mobility impairment whose impairment is permanent may obtain a hang tag

or mobility impaired identification card at no additional fee other than the issuance cost of

three dollars. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, except as provided

in Subsection C of this Section, the secretary shall not charge any fee in excess of ten dollars

for the issuance of special license plates for persons with mobility impairments.

E.(1) The term "person with a mobility impairment" shall include any person who

is impaired because of any of the following conditions:

(a) Cannot walk two hundred feet without stopping to rest.

(b) Cannot walk without the assistance of another person, walker, cane, crutches,

braces, prosthetic device, or wheelchair.

(c) Is restricted by a lung disease to such an extent that the person's forced

(respiratory) expiratory volume for one second, when measured by spirometry, is less than

one liter, or the arterial oxygen tension is less than sixty mm/hg on room air at rest.

(d) Uses portable oxygen.

(e) Has a cardiac condition to the extent that the person's functional limitations are

classified in severity as Class III or Class IV according to standards set by the American

Heart Association.

(f) Has a diagnosed disease or disorder, including a severe arthritic, neurological, or

orthopedic impairment, which creates a severe mobility limitation.

(2) Repealed by Acts 1989, No. 728, §2.

(3) The term "permanent" means that the applicant's physical condition is a total or

lifelong condition of mobility impairment, from which little or no improvement or recovery

can reasonably be expected.

(4) The term "temporary" means that the physical condition which qualifies the

applicant for a hang tag will not last or is reasonably expected not to last more than one year

from the date on which the application is made or from the date specified by the certifying

medical examiner on his statement, whichever is longer.

F. When a motor vehicle bearing plates or displaying a hang tag issued to a person

with a mobility impairment, as prescribed in this Section, is being operated for the transport

of the person with a mobility impairment, the motor vehicle may be parked for a period of

two hours, three hours in the city of New Orleans, in excess of the legal parking period

permitted by local authorities, except where local ordinances or police regulations prohibit

parking on a highway for the purpose of creating a fire lane or where the ordinances or police

regulations provide for the accommodation of heavy traffic during morning, afternoon, or

evening hours or where the motor vehicle is parked in such a manner as to clearly be a traffic

hazard.

G.(1) Any person who does not have a mobility impairment as prescribed in this

Section and who willfully and falsely represents himself as having the qualifications to

obtain such special license plates, hang tag, or mobility impairment identification card

authorized by this Section shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars nor more than two

hundred fifty dollars, or shall be imprisoned for not more than thirty days, or both, and on

subsequent offenses, shall be fined not less than two hundred fifty dollars nor more than five

hundred dollars, or shall be imprisoned for not more than ninety days, or both.

(2) Any person who utilizes a hang tag or a vehicle bearing a special plate to obtain

accessible parking privileges and has not transported a mobility impaired person in that

vehicle prior to parking the vehicle, may be fined not less than fifty dollars nor more than

two hundred fifty dollars or shall be imprisoned for not more than thirty days, or both, and

on the second and subsequent offenses, shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars nor

more than five hundred dollars, or shall be imprisoned for not more than sixty days, or both.

(3) Any person with a mobility impairment who allows his hang tag or specially

licensed vehicle to be used, when said tag or vehicle is used to illegally access accessible

parking privileges by an individual not entitled to such special accessible parking privileges

shall have his accessible parking privileges suspended for six months and shall be fined not

less than fifty dollars nor more than two hundred fifty dollars, or shall be imprisoned for not

more than thirty days for the first offense, or both. On the second and subsequent offenses,

said suspension shall be for one year, and the individual shall be fined not less than two

hundred fifty dollars nor more than five hundred dollars, in addition to suspension of said

privileges, or shall be imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both.

(4) Any medical examiner who willfully and falsely certifies that a person has a

mobility impairment in order to allow that person to obtain the special license plate, hang tag,

or mobility impairment identification card authorized in this Section shall be fined one

thousand dollars, or shall be imprisoned for not more than ninety days, or both.

(5) Not later than January 1, 1995, any person with a mobility impairment who has

a hang tag shall also have a picture identification card as determined by Subsection J of this

Section in his possession when using accessible parking privileges. Any person who has a

hang tag and who utilizes an accessible parking area after January 1, 1995, without such

identification may be fined not less than fifty dollars nor more than five hundred dollars or

shall be imprisoned for not more than thirty days, or both.

(6) All law enforcement officers of this state or of any political subdivision thereof

invested by law with authority to direct, control, or regulate traffic are authorized to enter

upon private property within their respective territorial jurisdictions to enforce the provisions

of this Section.

(7) When a peace officer issues a citation for an alleged violation of the laws

governing parking in an accessible parking space, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that

the person in whose name the vehicle is registered was operator of the vehicle when the

alleged violation was committed.

H. Repealed by Acts 2001, No. 626, §2.

I. Every person with a mobility impairment operating or otherwise being transported

by a vehicle displaying the international symbol of accessibility or the word "handicapped"

on a valid special license plate, disabled veteran license plate, or hang tag shall be entitled

to invoke all accessible parking privileges provided in this Section, without regard to the

location of the issuing authority, or the residence or domicile of the person invoking the

accessible parking privileges. "Issuing authority" as defined in this Section shall mean the

office of motor vehicles of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections or comparable

government issuing authorities outside the state of Louisiana.

J.(1) Upon initial application or first application after August 15, 1995, for renewal

of a hang tag, each person with a mobility impairment who intends to obtain or to renew his

hang tag, shall have in his possession or shall obtain or renew a mobility impairment driver's

license or mobility impairment identification card issued by the secretary. The secretary may

include the designation "Mobility impairment" or an abbreviation thereof, on the drivers'

licenses and identification cards which are currently issued by the secretary.

(2) The secretary shall renew a mobility impairment identification card for a person

whose impairment is permanent every four years.

(3) The secretary shall renew a mobility impairment identification card each year

for a person whose impairment is temporary.

(4) The mobility impairment driver's license or the mobility impairment

identification card shall:

(a) Identify the person as having a mobility impairment that is permanent.

(b) Include the medical examiner's state license number as it appears on the

certificate of mobility impairment.

(c) Include a photograph of the person with a mobility impairment.

(d) The mobility impairment driver's license or the mobility impairment

identification card shall include a place for the signature of the person to whom it is issued,

or of that person's next of kin. When a person to whom a mobility impairment driver's

license or a mobility impairment identification card has been issued changes his place or

residence to another state, country, or province, he shall surrender the mobility impairment

driver's license or mobility impairment identification card to the secretary. Upon the death

of a person with a mobility impairment to whom a mobility impairment driver's license or

mobility impairment identification card has been issued, it shall be the responsibility of the

immediate family of that person to surrender the mobility impairment driver's license or

mobility impairment identification card to the secretary.

K. Upon the application of any institution providing transportation for persons with

mobility impairments, the secretary shall issue special license plates designating the vehicle

or vehicles declared by the applicant to be used by him exclusively for the use of transporting

persons with mobility impairments. The license plates shall bear the international symbol

of accessibility and shall be followed by such numbers or letters as the secretary finds

expedient. Each initial application shall be accompanied by a currently dated statement

verifying that the applying institution will use said vehicles exclusively to provide

transportation for persons with mobility impairments. A proportionate refund based on the

remaining term of any other license plate is hereby authorized in favor of such eligible

institutions.

L. The provisions of the law relating to the issuance, revocation, and use of special

license plates, hang tags, mobility impairment drivers' licenses, and mobility impairment

identification cards shall be administered by the secretary of the Department of Public Safety

and Corrections and his authorized employee. All references to "the secretary" with respect

to those laws shall be deemed to be references to the secretary of the Department of Public

Safety and Corrections, or to his authorized employees.

M. The term "medical examiner" as used in this Section shall mean a person licensed

to practice medicine in Louisiana or any other state or territory of the United States, a person

licensed to practice chiropractic by the Louisiana State Board of Chiropractic Examiners, a

person licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners, or advanced

practice registered nurses.

N. Oversight review shall be conducted by the House and Senate Committees on

Transportation, Highways and Public Works.

Added by Acts 1974, No. 423, §1. Acts 1985, No. 299, §1; Acts 1985, No. 445, §1;

Acts 1986, No. 1042, §1; Acts 1986, No. 1057, §1; Acts 1988, No. 551, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1989;

Acts 1989, No. 63, §1; Acts 1989, No. 412, §1; Acts 1989, No. 728, §§1 and 2; Acts 1991,

No. 1006, §1; Acts 1992, No. 330, §1; Acts 1995, No. 573, §3; Acts 1995, No. 855, §1; Acts

1995, No. 860, §1; Acts 2001, No. 258, §1; Acts 2001, No. 626,§§1 and 2; Acts 2001, No.

680, §1, eff. June 25, 2001; Acts 2001, No. 1048, §1; Acts 2004, No. 84, §1; Acts 2005, No.

365, §1, eff. June 30, 2005; Acts 2011, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 42, §1; Acts 2014, No. 811, §25,

eff. June 23, 2014; Acts 2016, No. 21, §1; Acts 2016, No. 475, §1.

NOTE: SEE ACTS 1988, NO. 551, §3.

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John Bel Edwards
John Bel Edwards
January 11, 2016 -
Democratic
1-225-342-4404
900 North 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802

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