- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 4, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A report says several Sewerage & Water Board employees have been using fake or unauthorized handicap tags to bilk parking meters near the utility’s main office in New Orleans.

The report summarizes a two-day investigation into a claim that “able-bodied” employees were using handicap tags to park their vehicles on metered spaces near the office.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports runs of registrations of 40 vehicles displaying handicap tags near the office found most were registered to the employees.

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26 employees parked with handicap tags belonging to a relative, someone else or were invalid or unreadable.

Estimated invalid handicap tags and expired receipts that weren’t ticketed could cost the city around $197,000 in lost parking meter revenue.

Press secretary Zachary Hudson says employees are encouraged to follow traffic laws, but their enforcement is outside the utility’s jurisdiction.


Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

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