Slog: News & Arts

RSS icon Comments on If You've Ever Been Mad About a Parking Ticket, Read This



"...refunds of up toe $650,000..."

Posted by Carollani | June 7, 2007 2:37 PM

Sorry, I'm not the spelling police but that made me giggle.

Posted by Carollani | June 7, 2007 2:39 PM

If these were proper Federal holidays, then why didn't parking enforcement have the day off? Do regular SPD give parking tickets?

Posted by Dougsf | June 7, 2007 2:41 PM

Dougsf has a very very good point.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 7, 2007 2:43 PM

I don't get why a holiday that falls on a Saturday wouldn't mean free parking on that Saturday rather than the preceding Friday. So people actually do have to pay to park on Saturday holidays? Weird.

Posted by Amy Kate Horn | June 7, 2007 2:46 PM

That's just what I was thinking, Amy K.H.

And VERY good point, Dougsf.

Posted by monkey | June 7, 2007 2:54 PM

AKH @ 5,
No, she parked on a Friday. The "Holiday-ness" of the next day should have exempted her from paying.

Posted by Josh Feit | June 7, 2007 2:55 PM

i got ticketed that day picking up my friend at king st. center. r they gonna mail me my 35 bucks?

Posted by SeMe | June 7, 2007 3:02 PM

@3: There are still non-holiday-exempt parking situations that require enforcement (i.e. fire hydrants).

The better point is made @5. Were BOTH Friday 12/31 and Saturday 1/1 parking holidays?

Posted by DOUG. | June 7, 2007 3:13 PM

Not sure how I'd rule on this one, but really, the sign says SUNDAYS and HOLIDAYS, and her ticket was issued on neither. Because Federal agencies recognize the day preceding the rare Saturday holiday (NASDAQ and NYSE are also closed that day), does that mean the city traffic code honors this the same way? I almost can't believe this hasn't come up before.

Does Seattle take this to higher court? Here's what might come to light if they do:

"Constitutionally, there are no "national holidays" in the United States because Congress only has authority to create holidays for federal institutions (including federally-owned properties) and employees, and for the District of Columbia. Instead, there are federal holidays, state holidays, city holidays, and so on."

Like I mentioned before, the simple rule of thumb I'd follow is "If meter maids have the day off, parking is a go".

I really don't know why this is so fascinating to me. Someone learn me some legal stuff!

Posted by Dougsf | June 7, 2007 3:19 PM

It still seems like most meter maids would have the day off. How many do they need just to enforce handicapped parking and no parking in front of fire hydrants, driveways?

Posted by keshmeshi | June 7, 2007 3:49 PM

@10 - it's not the sign, it's the RCW that is the law. So if the sign says alternate Tuesdays and the law says that means alternate Monday nights, then it's the law that decides it.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 7, 2007 4:15 PM

hmmm, i've been ticketed on a holiday (the ONE day I drove to work, knowing parking would be free, in three years), far back does this Class Action reach?

Posted by nipper | June 7, 2007 4:32 PM

I dunno. But now I just want a Meter Maid uniform so bad.

Posted by Boomer in NYC | June 7, 2007 8:58 PM


Posted by Bill | June 12, 2007 2:24 PM


Posted by Bill | June 12, 2007 2:24 PM

Comments Closed

In order to combat spam, we are no longer accepting comments on this post (or any post more than 45 days old).