Receiving parking tickets is an inherent unpleasasntry of our business. We always seem to be a target of parking enforcement officers. This includes staying in a loading zone for too long or parking a bus in a place where you are not supposed to. Either way, anytime one of my chauffeurs gets a parking ticket, I fight it. I have never lost a case using the appeals process.
In my most recent battle, a chauffeur parked in a no parking zone outside of Staple's Center in Los Angeles, along with a dozen other limousines and a few charter buses, when a parking enforcement officer thought he found a gold mine in citations and started writing. These citations are hefty at $93 each. This curbline is the same one we use for all events at this city owned arena for the past eight years.
I fought it and lost on round one. I appealed and lost on round two. I appealed and won on the third appeal. Much to my surprise, I won on a technicality. The officer wrote only the two nearest cross streets on the citation rather than a physical address where the vehicle was parked, and the court determined the citation was improperly written by the officer and therefore, dismissed.
How about them apples?
I've learned that good will with law enforcement goes a very long way.
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