YUMA, AZ- The Arizona Department of Transportation came out with a report that shows the number of disability plates and parking cards have risen at a high rate of more than 70 percent in only little over a decade.
However many advocates are saying they aren’t too surprised that considering the mass population of the elderly community.
According to A-dot, around 600,000 vehicles carried disability plates and handicap cards out of just under 4.2 million vehicles registered in the state at the end of 2014.
Dave Nash with the City of Yuma says they follow a state code on how many handicap parking spaces are allowed and unless the department of justice decides whether or not they want to change their guidelines then the city would follow those standards.
Public Information’s Officer, Dave Nash said, “Most cases locally you are required to have one space per 25 parking spaces. So we’d use that formula and it changes if you have more than 500 and it changes again if you have more than a 1,000 than you are in a really big lot.”
Advocates say the rising number of handicap plates makes sense considering, the large number of seniors living in Arizona along with the elderly people in the desert southwest who enjoy living in Arizona due to the warm weather temperatures.