Have you fought a parking ticket citation and lost?

There may be more than meets the eye. California law requires that cities conduct the initial review of parking citations contested by motorists—but many cities are paying for-profit companies to perform this review instead. These companies may earn profit per ticket paid and are not subject to public scrutiny. Worse yet, they may simply rubber-stamp citations issued, without conducting any meaningful review at all.

Why should you be concerned?

Parking citation violations provide millions of dollars in revenue. As a result, cities often increase their parking fines under financial strain. As these fines generally exceed $50, the stakes are higher than ever for motorists who believe their citations were wrongfully-issued.

Although a motorist may appeal an unfavorable initial review at an administrative hearing, doing so requires additional time investment—for most people, that means time off work.

Given the steep and ever-increasing prices of parking citations, as well as the time-commitment of an administrative hearing, meaningful initial review is more important than ever. Placing this review in the hands of a for-profit company is not only against California law—but it creates serious public policy concerns where these companies are financially motivated to simply uphold citations without substantive review.

Cities to watch out for

We are investigating the following cities in connection with their initial review of parking ticket contestations:

  • Culver City, California
  • Santa Monica, California
  • West Hollywood

How We Can Help

Protect your rights and take action. If you contested a parking citation through an initial review and lost, we want to hear your story – contact us to see if you have a claim. Fill out our free case review or you can call us at 1.800.887.8029. All your information will be kept confidential. Zimmerman Reed is experienced in consumer law and we welcome your questions.