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Challenge a parking ticket with the ParkMobile app

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<p>  For many years, there have been systems in place in many cities so you can pay for a parking space using a iPhone app. I live in New Orleans and the system we use here is called ParkMobile, which operates in 350 cities in the United States. It's convenient that you pay for a car park before you leave your car, it's useful to see where much time you have on the meter even when you are far away from your car, and perhaps best of all, you can add more time to the parking meter wherever you are. There have been several times when I have been in a landfill or a meeting that ran for a long time and I was able to quickly add more time to the meter without having to get back to my car. The system works so well that it almost worked so easily and I wonder if it would just be protecting the app, and I would protect myself from getting a parking ticket. </p>
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8 I met my wife for lunch at a great restaurant called The Rum House on Magazine Street (a street with tons of amazing restaurants and shops) and I parked between the 7th and 8th streets just in front of a place called Sucré – which by the way makes amazing chocolate, macaroni and other sweets available for mail order. I used the ParkMobile app to pay for parking for 46 minutes ($ 1.55 plus a $ 0.35 transaction fee) and knew if I needed more time than I could add from the restaurant. When the lunch was over, it was raining, but I returned to my car with about three minutes left in my parking lot. I jumped in the car, turned on the windscreen wipers, and saw under an awker an orange parking ticket envelope with a ticket inside. Ugh!

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I opened the ParkMobile app, and I saw that I still had about a minute left before my parking should expire. So I took a screenshot, just in case it could help you down the road.

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<p>  Afterward, What I wish I had done was get out of the car and take a picture of my car and the surroundings to show where I was parked (although I would have been pretty wet to do it in the rain), but then I realized not that it would be relevant. However, I did a screenshot of the section of the ParkMobile app showing that I paid to park in that zone during that period. (The black box is where I edited my driving license for this post.) </p>
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Off I returned to my office and took a closer look at the ticket and I realized what happened. The ticket was issued at 12:50, which was during my parking time at 12:22 am to 1:08 so that was not the problem. But the officer who issued the ticket was obviously checked to see if I had paid with the ParkMobile app, but by mistake I thought that I was parked in 2900 block with Magazine, which is parking zone 29216. In fact, I was actually on 3000 block of Magazine Street, which is zone 29217.

New Orleans has a system that allows you to compete for a ticket online instead of To appear in court. I had never used the system before, but they t was quite easy to use. You fill out a form, explain what happened, and upload any exhibits you want to submit. I sent the above screens, and I also took a screenshot of a part of the ParkMobile website further and confirmed that I paid. Unfortunately, I had no proof that I was parked in the 3000 block – again, I wish I had taken a picture – but I realized that although the referee did not believe me where I parked, it could help if the referee could see that I actually had paid to park during the period I got the ticket.

After I contest my ticket online, I received an email saying that I would make a decision within five weeks.

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<p>  Almost just five weeks later, I received a letter in the mail saying that I had succeeded in competing for the ticket. The decision says: "The citizen's written statement, and Citizen's and City's Park Mobile Meter Program information outweigh the prima facie case . "</p>
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It's always satisfying to get a favorable decision for one of my clients, especially when there is a lot of money at stake. Here the amount in the controversy was just a $ 30 parking ticket, but it still seemed pretty nice to win.

If you ever get a parking ticket after using a parking space, you might want to remember my big win with evidence from the ParkMobile app and you will do some of the same things as I did . But if you can, try also taking a picture of where your car is parked.

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