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Old 01-07-2010, 06:55 PM
 
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I'm a little confused about the residential zone parking policy. Most of them limit cars w/o the zone permit to park for only a two hour period between certain hours on weekdays. How does this apply to cars that are not parked in that area for the complete 2 hour duration?

I received a ticket the other day for having a rental car (w/ out of state plates) parked in a residential zone without the proper permit displayed. What happened was that I parked the vehicle for about 20 minutes, grabbed a few things from my place and then left with the car. I then returned back an hour later and parked the car in the same street but in a different spot. Unlucky me, the parking officer took note of my parked car within that 20 minutes period and then came back 2 hours later and gave me a ticket.

In some cities, I believe the parking officers mark the tire with chalk to tell if the car has moved. I think DC parking enforcement operates differently.

Any able to clarify this for me? Am I right to contest this ticket?
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Old 01-08-2010, 04:03 PM
 
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No, you are not able to contest the ticket. You not only have to move your car, but move it out of the immediate area in order to be in compliance. DC uses GPS to enforce as well as officers on foot.

As a resident, I'm not really sure what non-residents visiting for brief periods can do to be in compliance. You can go with a FT resident to the local police station to get a temporary visitor's permit, but it's a pain. In my neighborhood, if I had a friend (or contractor) over before 6 p.m. on a weekday, there's nothing I could do to offer that person legal parking for more than two hours.
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Old 01-08-2010, 07:31 PM
 
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Thanks. I have a visitor residential parking pass but didn't think to use it since I didn't think I would get ticketed.
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Old 01-09-2010, 08:46 AM
 
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Thanks. I have a visitor residential parking pass but didn't think to use it since I didn't think I would get ticketed.
If you've still got the pass, copy it and send it in with the ticket and an explanation that the parking enforcement person must not have seen the permit. (Leave out the part that they didn't see the permit because you didn't display it.) Odds are low but a lot of tickets get dismissed.
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Old 01-09-2010, 10:12 AM
 
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Ok, I'll give that try. I seem to be lucky with contesting parking tickets so maybe it might work.
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Old 01-10-2010, 09:31 AM
 
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The best way to think of it is not 2 hours in the same spot but 2 hours in the residential zone. While some of the zones are quite large and you could likely get away with it, going across the street won't work in most cases.
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Old 10-19-2010, 01:14 PM
 
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In DC, when I park, I change parking spot every 2 hours(for 2 h limit) but within same zone. I end up getting ticketed. What is the rule? Does it mean that I have to change zones every two hours or chage spots every two hours. I am so frustrated that despite changing spots I have been tickted. Can someone clarify?
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Old 10-19-2010, 08:17 PM
 
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In DC, when I park, I change parking spot every 2 hours(for 2 h limit) but within same zone. I end up getting ticketed. What is the rule? Does it mean that I have to change zones every two hours or chage spots every two hours. I am so frustrated that despite changing spots I have been tickted. Can someone clarify?
That's interesting. Must be the way they monitor cars. Interesting.

In SF, they use to chalk your tire to see if it has moved or not. Different in different places.
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