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Old 05-28-2010, 09:42 PM
 
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Hi,

I've got my first parking ticket today and would appreciate any helpful information. I came to pick my wife and baby after a doctor appointment on K st, NW at noon. No parking spots were available and I've stopped in front of the building in bus stop zone (but not blocking the stop itself) with engine turn on and emergency light turn on. I didn't leave the car, sit inside all the time. After little more than 1 minute waiting the parking enforcement woman appeared in front of my car and start issue me a ticket. I opened the window and ask what does she doing, but she just gave me $100 !!! ticket and said I waited too long. Later on a day I've spoke with another parking enforcement guy on a street and he said in this situation they always ask first drivers to move and only if they still standing issue a ticket.

So two questions:
1. Do I have chance to beat this ticket? I have a proof from the doctor's office of the appointment time.
2. What will happened if just to ignore this ticket? I've drove rental car.

Thank in advance.
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Old 05-29-2010, 05:33 AM
 
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The sign probably said no parking or standing. You'll have to pay it.
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Old 05-30-2010, 07:05 PM
 
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The sign probably said no parking or standing. You'll have to pay it.

They don't even have to post a sign that includes the word 'standing'.

Read Section 2409 (http://dmv.dc.gov/info/title-18/chap24_pdf.shtm - broken link) of the Municipal Code, particularly section 2409.5:

The prohibition against parking or standing at such stands shall be effective at all times, unless the restricted periods have been otherwise designated and signs posted accordingly.

and 2409.6:

“NO STANDING” areas for zones and stands for public transit buses shall be of the following sizes:
(a) Those located adjacent to the corner approached by a bus before entering an intersection (nearside): the area within one hundred thirty feet (130 ft.) of the intersecting curb lines;


Pay it.
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Old 05-31-2010, 09:03 AM
 
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is it any regulations how parking enforcement should act in this situation, should it be warning first and ask a driver to move out?
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Old 05-31-2010, 10:17 AM
 
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is it any regulations how parking enforcement should act in this situation, should it be warning first and ask a driver to move out?
If it's so important to you to fight this ticket, then stop being lazy and read the link posted above, and find out for yourself if parking enforcement is required to issue a warning. Sheesh.
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Old 05-31-2010, 11:20 AM
 
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I don't understand why you feel it's your right to fight this. You're clearly afforded a moment to actually discharge or take on a passenger so long as there's no bus present. If you're sitting there with your hazards on and no one getting in or out, you're breaking the law.

No one has to give you a warning. Some might do it out of courtesy, but if I were you I'd just take responsibility and pay the fine. The rental car company will come after you if you choose to not pay it. It happened to me.

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Old 06-01-2010, 05:20 AM
 
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Why do people think that putting the hazard flashers somehow exempts them from the law?
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Old 06-01-2010, 07:19 PM
 
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...because it demonstrates that they're aware they're breaking the law!
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