How to fight an unfair parking ticket

A couple of years ago, a friend of mine parked her car in Old City at a meter, carefully noted how much time she could be away and went off to run a few errands. She headed back to her car with several minutes to spare, but as she approached, noticed that a Parking Authority person was already there, writing her a ticket. The meter still had three paid minutes on it, but the meter minder just shrugged, said “there’s nothing I can do, I already started the ticket,” and handed it to her. She ended up paying it, because the time and energy it took to refute it wasn’t worth it to her.

The Inquirer printed an article this morning about who to contact in order to refute a ticket. The PPA website gives no information about how to go about it, but the Inky took it upon themselves to offer up that useful bit of information (thanks guys!). So, if you get a parking ticket and you believe it was wrongly issued, just call Frank DeAngelis at 215-683-9614. He is the Parking Authority’s public advocate and he should be happy to help you out.

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