• Report: #953826

Complaint Review: City of Los Angeles Parking Violations Bureau

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  • Submitted: Thu, October 11, 2012
  • Updated: Tue, October 16, 2012

  • Reported By: 263FT — Denver Colorado United States of America
City of Los Angeles Parking Violations Bureau
P.O. Box 30247 Internet United States of America

City of Los Angeles Parking Violations Bureau Absolutely Illegal violation writing practice. Internet

*Consumer Suggestion: The law doesn't agree with you

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I was in west Los Angeles, Santa Monica area on 09/29/12.  I was in my car waiting for a car to pull out with obvious driver in the driver seat about to back out, waiting on their parking spot to park my car.  While I was waiting, I notice a "Parking Violations Bureau" officer named Shirley, Serial No. 3099, Beat:P112 walks to my driver side window and states, "you are getting a ticket today".  Completely puzzled I asked, for what and she replies back, "obstruction of traffic". 

Mind you this is a "Parking Violation officer about to write a ticket for moving violation?  She moves to the back of the car and starts typing up the ticket and I am completely astonished trying to figure out what exactly was going on.  How am I getting a obstruction of traffic ticket while I am waiting for a parking spot.  As a passer by noticed the whole thing, he comes to my window and started telling me how they practice citation writing so illegally in that area that its absurd.  While I was talking with him, the officer walks over to the passenger side of my vehicle and throws the ticket in through the open window and walks away very fast. 

I was in complete shock and when I look at the ticket she describes the reason as, "Double Parking".  I was sitting in my car in the driver seat with my foot on the brake and the car in "D", she states I was "Double Parked".  I could not believe how such an individual is ever hired for such jobs.  It was completely illegal, absurd and outrageous violation writing practice.  I am a law abiding citizen and if in all fairness the ticket was for valid reason I would have just paid the ticket and be done with it. 

City of Los Angeles should be ashamed of themselves for writing a vacationing tourist such illegal ticket.  I contested the ticket with the Bureau and they replied back stating "statement of facts" was insufficient evidence to dismiss the citation.  I have 4 alibi's who can attest that I was in the car driving the car when such illegal practice took place but I guess those alibi's do not hold enough evidence. 

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

The law doesn't agree with you

AUTHOR: Josh - (U.S.A.)

Not sure why you think the city is wrong here.  The California Vehicle Code states the following (section 22500):

No person shall stop, park, or leave standing any vehicle whether attended or unattended, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a peace officer or official traffic control device, in any of the following places:

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(h) On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped, parked, or standing at the curb or edge of a highway, except for a schoolbus when stopped to load or unload pupils in a business or residence district where the speed limit is 25 miles per hour or less.

Since you admit to stopping and waiting for a spot to open up, the ticket is perfectly valid.
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