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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: August 5, 2015 04:36 PM
From: Senator Thomas J. McGarrigle
To: All Senate members
Subject: Permit Parents of Adult Children Access to Disability License Plates
In the near future I will be introducing legislation that will amend Title 75 (Vehicles) to allow parents and/or guardians of adult children, whom are in their care, to receive disability license plates.

My office has been working with a woman in our district seeking a disability license plate for her vehicle as she is the primary caretaker for her adult son. Her son is 21 years of age and suffers from blindness, autism, and cerebral palsy. Because her son is an adult, PennDOT has refused to provide the disability plate. When my office contacted PennDOT in regard to this matter, their recommendation was to add her son to the vehicle title. Not only would this come at an additional cost to the family but also creates more concerns.

This legislation will provide access to vehicle disability license plates to the parent, including adoptive parent or foster parent, of an adult child provided that the person has custody, care or control of the adult child and the adult child satisfies currently established parameters to qualify for a disability license plate.

I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation to provide a small amount of relief to the parents who care for their adult children with disabilities. They certainly have enough issues to contend with, access to a disability license plate should not be one of them.

Introduced as SB983