Nowhere do parking tickets suck more than in Los Angeles, where an expired meter can run you upwards of $60. But what most people don’t know is that parking tickets are easy to get out of – if you know what to say in the appeal. Here are 2 excuses that the LA Department of Transportation consistently accepts as evidence to dismiss a ticket:
1) The coin slot was jammed. Ticketing officers have no way of knowing this when they’re writing you a ticket; they just see “expired”. They would thus ticket you even though there was no way for you to actually feed the meter. This is grounds for dismissal.
2) The meter was broken when you originally parked your car, but it got fixed in the time that you were away from your car. This works because it’s legal to park next to a broken meter (the coin-only kind), but if a ticketing officer arrived after the meter was fixed, it would read “expired”. This is grounds for dismissal as well.
These are the only 2 appeals I know of that consistently work. The typical “I was just gone for a second” or “I thought the meter was broken” do NOT work; the Department of Transportation officials can see right through that nonsense. So save yourself some money and use these excuses in your next parking ticket appeal. It’ll be worth it.