License plates are an essential part of driving a vehicle in Connecticut. You can get the proper type of license plate at your local DMV. This is a way of identifying your vehicle, who it is registered to, and other important elements related to driving and parking. In particular, license plates can help identify who is authorized to use certain types of parking spaces. For example, those who are handicapped can get special license plates or permits that will allow them to park in handicapped parking spaces. As a result, license plates can be used properly or improperly in the state of Connecticut. Learn more about both options so that you can avoid any illegal activity with your permits and plates.
Proper and Improper Use
License plates and valid permits can be used properly in the following cases:
- When the person licensed to use the plate or permit travels in the vehicle in order to use certain parking spaces (such as handicapped parking spaces). In other words, if someone needs to park in certain spaces, such as handicapped parking spaces, they need to have a license plate or permit that allows them to park there.
- When a vehicle with an International Symbol of Access permit or license plate uses parking spaces meant for people with disabilities.
If you are not authorized to park in a certain spot, or break certain guidelines, you could face a violation for improper use of license plates and parking permits. Parking permits and license plates don’t give you the ability to break parking regulations. You can misuse a permit or license plate by using them without the person with a disability that has the license for the permit/plate. If that person is not a passenger or driver in the car, the permit or plate is invalid. So really, the permit or license is not tied to the vehicle itself, it is tied to the handicapped person using the vehicle. A person who does not need the handicapped parking can’t park there unless accompanied by a person with disabilities.
Misusing parking permits or plates can result in the revocation of the permits or plates by the DMV. The DMV might choose not to revoke the plate/permit, but it might choose not to renew them. So you might not lose the plate or permit right away, but you might have a difficult time getting it renewed in the future. Allowing other people to misuse a parking permit or license plate can also result in the revocation of the permit/plate.
If you face a charge for misusing license plates in Connecticut, you can get help. You don’t have to go through the legal process alone. Instead, you can contact an attorney who can guide you through this process.
At Ruane Attorneys, we deal with many different types of motor vehicle violations. We can explain to you the charge that you face, and we can review your situation with you. We can help you determine a solid defense to your charge and make sure that your rights are protected.