Wednesday, December 15, 2010

What Should Be On Your Citation

The California Vehicle Code 40202(a) clearly states what should be on your citation: "....The notice of parking violation shall also set forth the vehicle license number and registration expiration date if they are visible, the last four digits of the vehicle identification number, if that number is readable through the windshield, the color of the vehicle, and, if possible, the make of the vehicle."

Now...the areas that you may be able to argue with is the visibility of your license plate number and vehicle license number OR if your vehicle's VIN is actually readable through the windshield.

Funny thing is...all these are also listed on the SFMTA website ("How To Read Your Citation").

Therefore, you would think you can easily argue that SFMTA website contradicts the California Vehicle Code itself. That's exactly what I am in the process of doing right now.

CVC states that the notice of violation should include this information. SFMTA says it should include this information, PLUS, SFMTA clearly shows that the ticket has an area called "Comments" in which parking officer can easily enter reason why the ticket is not complete.

So, I got a ticket...the expiration date of my plate was left blank. The Comments section was left blank. You would think....the officer would enter something like "can not read reg exp" OR "reg exp unreadable" OR "unable to read reg exp".

It's all there!


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