How do I appeal this parking ticket?
July 5, 2011 8:50 PM Subscribe
How should I try to fight this ticket?
posted by melizabeth to law & government (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I drove up to a beach area where parking is limited. Since the beach is located about 1/2 mile from downtown, the city placed resident parking only signs close to the beach forcing any outsiders to either park downtown or pay $25 to park in the beach lot on top of a $5 entry fee. Most patrons of this beach opt to park downtown and walk to the beach. I decided to follow along since I figured I wouldn't be paying for parking by using the 2 hour limit spots. My plan was to park for 2 hours and then walk back to the lot to move my car.
I first parked at 12:35 and returned at 2:30 to move my car. I switched spaces to just another space in the same lot. I did however move from one side of the lot to another. There were no space numbers or markers and I figured as long as my car just moved somewhere else in the lot I would be fine.
Of course I return at 4:30 to find my car was ticketed for being parked too long in the same lot. I was ticketed at 3:15. I guess moving within the lot does not count...
I might just have to fess up and pay the ticket, but I do think that this is ridiculous that even though I moved my car I am still getting ticketed and for being in the same lot. There have been many times that I have been parked along a street in Boston and simply moved my car up 2 spaces and still didn't receive a ticket. I understand those are two different towns/cities, but I would have thought the same principle would apply. I guess I shouldn't assume.
If I was to just give a shot at appealing this ticket (which I have found sometimes they accept and say essentially are saying this reason won't be valid the next time you appeal a ticket/don't do it again) what would be the best reasoning behind this? My original thought it to just be honest and state that I moved my car after 2 hours, but did not know that it applied to the entire lot and see what they say, but this town is rather wealthy and strict and it might not pass. Any ideas or suggestions? What has worked for you in the past?