Can I contest a thousand-dollar parking ticket?
February 27, 2013 11:43 AM Subscribe
Last week I was visiting San Francisco and using a borrowed car. I got a $996 fine for parking briefly in a handicap spot in front of a store on Hayes St. The spot was marked in blue on the ground, and there was a sign in front of it, but the sign was obscured by a tree. I didn't know blue indicated the spot was off-limits, I live in MA. I saw the sign too late, and it indicated the minimum fine was $250.
posted by Dragonness to law & government (30 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The ticket has all the identifying information correct, but is missing the VIN, probably because the car was vintage and the VIN wasn't in the usual place.
Should I try to contest this ticket?
Can I use the fact the VIN is missing to my advantage? If not, is there any hope that I might get a lower fine if I request a hearing? I can not show up in person, so it would have to be done by mail.