Drivers who abuse their access to handicapped parking spots could face steep fines under a bill heading to the Massachusetts House.
The bill - which already has been approved by the Senate - would slap a fine of $500 for a first offense and $1,000 for a second offense for anyone who "intentionally makes a false statement in an application" for a handicapped license plate or placard.
A 2016 state inspector general report found rampant abuse, including placards used to park for free all day at spaces near the driver's workplace and placards belonging to dead people.
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Drivers who make it hard to see a placard number or expiration date through their car windshield would face a $50 fine.
The House is set to take up the bill Wednesday.