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Some Sewerage & Water Board workers used fake handicap tags

3 months 2 weeks 3 days ago Wednesday, April 04 2018 Apr 4, 2018 April 04, 2018 6:05 AM April 04, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Photo: WWL-TV

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 a check of registrations of 40 vehicles displaying handicap tags near the office found most were registered to the employees.

Reports say that 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.

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