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Toll vouchers for the disabled?


RMV looks to smooth the way for some local drivers



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To make access to the Mass Pike RMV site more convenient for disabled drivers, the Registry of Motor Vehicles is considering providing toll vouchers. Ryan Grannan-Doll. (click for larger version)
September 21, 2009
CHARLTON — To ease the financial strain on disabled motorists, the state Registry of Motor Vehicles is considering giving them toll vouchers to defray the costs of travel to the Charlton branch.

The issue arose after some concerned residents complained about handicapped parking issues at the site, located at the 5-East Massachusetts Turnpike service area. Currently, disabled motorists are forced to use the Pike, and pay a toll, to access the site's five handicapped parking spaces. No handicapped parking is available at the other parking area on the Route 20 side of the service stop. RMV Spokesman Ann Dufresne offered no detail on how the plan would actually work. State Rep. Geraldo Alicea, D-Charlton, called for such a measure last month, but last week said the move was not enough.

"It should be for elderly and handicapped," he said.

Alicea said he had asked Registrar Rachel Kaprielian to offer the vouchers to handicapped and elderly drivers so the latter would not have to walk long distances to the building from the Route 20 parking area.

Alicea also said he is looking into whether state requires the building to have a bathroom, which he said it currently lacks.

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