How do I dispute two dubious parking tickets?
December 20, 2006 11:05 AM Subscribe
Help me prove I am innocent of a parking infraction. More inside
After receiving no parking tickets in Washington, D.C. for over two years, my wife and I have recently received two parking tickets in the past week. We'd like to contest the tickets by mail if we can, particularly the first one we feel we were definitely hosed on.
Parking ticket #1 - was received for "making the roadway less than 10 feet across." We've taken pictures of the street with our car parked there and a tape measure to attempt to indicate that our car (only 72 inches wide according to Toyota specs, which we will mention) leaves about 15 feet of open space on this road. Unfortunately, the graduations on the tape measure are difficult to see in the photo when we include the entire street with car parked to illustrate our point. I have searched for something to show that the street is at least 20 feet wide (and it might possibly be larger) through the DC government website to no avail. Does anyone know where I could locate this information to prove that the ticket issued is incorrect?
Parking ticket #2 - I suspect that I am going to have to eat this one, but I received a parking ticket at 6:29 pm in a "no parking 4pm to 6:30pm" zone. My Sprint PCS phone indicated that it was 6:31 when I left the car. If I can't reasonably trust that to be accurate, do I have any argument to dispute this ticket other than my watch doesn't match up with your watch?
Thank you for any advice you can provide with previous parking ticket disputes. We can't get abandoned cars ticketed or towed in DC with any success, yet we seem to receive all sorts of dubious and inaccurate tickets.