Suit Challenges Handicapped Parking Fees in Passaic, NJ
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A controversial policy of charging disabled residents for handicapped parking spaces in Passaic is based on a state statute that was made null and void by federal law 20 years ago, according to a new lawsuit that, if successful, would affect towns across New Jersey.
DIAL Inc., a non-profit advocacy group representing disabled residents in Passaic and Essex counties that is seeking to overturn the policy, named both the city of Passaic and the state of New Jersey as defendants in the suit filed in Superior Court.
“Particularly in these times of budget crises, it seems governments are looking for every possible avenue to stick people with charges for services that previously were free,” said Edward A. Kopelson, DIAL’s lawyer. “This lawsuit is meant to stop government from imposing those fees.”