Sen. Lesser Submits Letter Urging Improved Access to Handicap Placards in Western Massachusetts
Sen. Eric P. Lesser this week sent a letter to MassDOT Secretary Pollack, urging the department to make handicap placards more accessible to Western Massachusetts residents. The letter is signed by Senators and Representatives from all four counties in Western Massachusetts, including Sen. Lesser and Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg.
“My Western Mass legislative colleagues have received numerous phone calls from residents who are having difficulty obtaining handicap placards, which allow them to access handicap parking spaces in cases of disability or personal injury,” Sen. Lesser said.
“This letter demands immediate accommodations for issuing temporary placards to Western Mass residents, and swift changes in policy to ensure the same level of access enjoyed by those in the Eastern region.”
Currently the Massachusetts RMV requires applicants for handicap placards to allow at least 30 days for applications to be processed. Those seeking a temporary placard are required to visit the Boston RMV office, which is only open Monday through Friday and could require a round-trip travel of 150 miles or more, placing a high burden on those living in the Western part of the Commonwealth.
“It is unrealistic and unfair to assume a resident from the Western part of the state should take a day off from work to come into Boston and pick up something as simple as a temporary handicap placard,” the letter states. “We are writing to strongly urge a change in the RMV’s current policy and request that immediate accommodations be made for residents of Western Massachusetts who are trying to access handicap placards. Moreover, we request an explanation for this policy and a concrete plan for how this problem will be repaired.”
An electronic copy of the letter is available below: