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?
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