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Complaint Review: City of Los Angeles Parking Violations Bureau - Internet

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  • 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

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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.)

POSTED: Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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:


(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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