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Parking Tickets. UGH!

So, I'm a student who lives in the French Quarter. I am not able to obtain a residential parking permit because I have an out-of-state license plate, an out-of-state driver's license, and out-of-state insurance. I often have my car towed and ticketed, but I have always paid the tickets (probably totaling to +$1000 after four years).

I was recently towed back in March, and I was told that I had $80 of tickets when I went to pay my towing fee (they have always told me how many tickets I had at the towing booth). I went ahead and payed the tickets because I didn't want them to raise in price. The bill was $205. I recently was ticketed a few more times (three to be exact), and I decided to pay them today. I logged into cityofno.com, and I was surprised to find that it said I had $480 worth of tickets! $400 more than what I am supposed to have! These tickets are from January-March--this was before I was towed. However, when my car was towed, I was told I only had a debt of $80 in tickets (which I paid!).

I searched through my receipts, and I didn't keep my receipt from my tow because nothing like this has ever happened to me. My mother is the primary owner of my vehicle and I am planning to move out of New Orleans in a few weeks. What happens if I don't pay the tickets? I don't want my mother to be arrested or anything, and I cannot afford to pay the tickets (and I honestly think the city has somehow messed up how much I need to pay).



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May. 12th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
they follow you and send it to a creditor, And it will go against her credit.

Why the hell didn't you just go to paid parking lots? Where were you parking to get all those tickets?
May. 12th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
Seconded. They will follow you. I speak from experience regarding a parking ticket an out-of-state acquaintance got one year. City of NO hounded him forever.
May. 12th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
Sounds like it would have been cheaper to pay for monthly parking!
May. 12th, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
or change the insurance, registration, and license to a local address.....
May. 12th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
I know from experience that my insurance in MO was lesser than $70 a month. For being in NOLA, it would have jumped to over $200. Maybe they faced a similar situation?
May. 13th, 2009 01:15 pm (UTC)
This is because a lot of Louisiana drivers do not have any kind of car insurance, sucks - we know.
May. 13th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
If I weren't such a law abiding citizen, I'd tell you
to 'lose' the license plate on the car. Then request a police report
be made for a 'lost or stolen' plate. Then go to the DMV, get a placement
plate ($20 fee or something).

Hmmm...suddenly, the parking ticket NAZI's will stop bothering you and will not tow your car. But I highly recommend you not do any of that because it would just be wrong. ahem.

The way the system is set up in NOLA is mind boggling.

It is actually a PRIVATE company that hands out parking tickets and the red light camera tickets. It is not a city function - they only wear the uniforms because they are considered 'contract workers' for the city.

Ultimately, you owe a private company the fee. And as long as they don't / can't tow it - then screw'em. Even when you go to a court hearing for either ticket, it is held in an administrative court room. Ever notice these matters aren't brought before a criminal judge? The red light tickets ARE a violation of state/city law...and yet you appear before a civil judge. Weird. The parking enforcement is a scam, just not as mind boggling as the traffic cams.
May. 13th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
May. 13th, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)

I was just telling everyone what NOT to do.

Sometimes the easiest way to understand situations are to be informed of what NOT to do - thereby allowing you to take the CORRECT path and get it done properly.

I mean, unless someone actually steals your plate...or maybe the bolts weren't very tight and it fell off...? Or, maybe you decide the vehicle needs to be registered in someone ELSE'S name.

I mean, these are all very logical, common issues that we face at times.

They just happen to 'reset' your parking ticket count, as well. :D

May. 13th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
I so happy that I know what not to do:) You rock.
May. 13th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
I find that each time I change my license plate, the previous parking tickets evaporate.

A $55 personalized plate is cheaper than all your parking tickets.
May. 13th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
Their hounding of you will consist solely of sending threatening letters.

After the millionth letter they sent me saying that they had turned me over to collections, I called and asked for the name and number of the collections agency so that I might settle with them.

This is when they confessed to me that there is no collection agency outside of their own collection department. It has been 7 or 8 years since and nothing has ever appeared on my credit report.

To get them to go away permanently, simply reregister the car in your name and your mom's name. Or under your name alone. Or under your dad's name. You'll get a new license plate and the letters will simply cease arriving.
May. 13th, 2009 09:26 am (UTC)
I worked in the Warehouse district after Katrina and NONE of the meters in a three block radius of my job worked (this is before they allowed us to park in the garage). I got about a ticket a day. Seriously. I had a nice little collection of unpaid parking tickets.

My license plate actually DID get stolen. About a month after I got a new job. I swear, I didn't "lose" it on purpose. When I got the new license plate, there were no tickets for me. I honestly don't remember the old plate number to check on that.

I have since gotten about 2 more tickets and paid them promptly. Never have the old tickets resurfaced. I have never gotten anything in the mail (and everything was in my name with the correct address) saying that I owed them money.
May. 13th, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
you have so many days to pay the 20 dollar parking ticket (if it's just your everyday ticket - cheap compared to other cities) if not paid in 30 days the fine starts going up, up, up.

Towing on the other hand, dayum expensive.

I have to agree, a paid parking place is cheaper per month than a towing cost.

Or you could send the car home to mom and go green with public transportation, or get a bike.
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