Parking Ticket Information
Any person who feels that a parking ticket was issued in error may contest the parking ticket by filing a notice of appeal on the Public Safety website or at the Public Safety Office. An appeal must be filed in accordance within the timelines and the procedures set forth on the parking notice.
According to college policy, disregarding of a parking ticket will result in the charging of costs to the student’s account and renewal of vehicle registration is contingent upon compliance. These charges will be treated on the same basis as any other debt due the College.
Notice: The following procedure is effective with the 2009-2010 academic year.
All persons receiving a citation have a right to appeal within (7) days of the date of Notice of Parking ticket. To file an appeal, forms are available at Public Safety or can be downloaded here. Complete the form, sign the statements and attatch the citation. The results of the appeal will be e-mailed to you.
Failure to observe traffic violations will result in the imposition of penalties as follows:
1. Parking offenses will be assesed a $25 fine. A fourth offense in an academic year may result in the loss
of parking priveleges on campus.
2. Handicapped, no parking, service vehicle, visitor parking and shipping and receiving areas are tow
zones, In addition to the towing charge, a $25 fine will be imposed. A second towing offense will besult
in a towing charge, a $25 find and loss of all parking privileges on the campus.
3. All fines must be paid at the Cashier's office in the Holland Union Building or dropped in the 24 hour
payment box outside the Cashier's Office within 24 hours from the time the citation was issued.
Penalties for violations commited with a vehicle will be charged against the registration of the vehicle unless another person is clearly identified as the operator of the vehicle at the time of the violation.
Penalties assesed will, unless paid to as above, be charged to the individual's account with the College and treated on the same basis as any other amount owed to the College.
GENERAL REASONS THAT VIOLATIONS WON’T BE DISMISSED
Below are some commonly listed reasons given for violating parking regulations. While these reasons may seem valid to the violator, they do not address the laws of Pennsylvania and the policies of The College. These reasons generally will not result in the violations being dismissed, or the violator being successful on appeal.
- SHORT ERRANDS
No errand, no matter how short or how important to the driver short of a bona fide medical emergency, is an acceptable excuse for illegal parking. A short errand is a very common excuse. It is not a valid reason for illegal parking.
- LATE FOR BUSINESS OR PERSONAL APPOINTMENT
Being late does not permit the driver the privilege of parking illegally.
- NO PLACE ELSE TO PARK – THE LOT WAS FULL
Other than being an invalid excuse, this, in fact, confirms the driver’s liability. It is driver’s responsibility to locate legal parking.
- I DIDN’T SEE THE SIGN – I DIDN’T UNDERSTAND THE SIGN
Drivers are required to look for signs when parking. This may mean checking an entire lot from corner to corner. Drivers are also required to abide by the directions on the signs. A person indicating that they did not see a sign preventing parking is not an acceptable excuse.
- ONLY PART OF MY CAR WAS ILLEGALLY PARKED
A violation is not based on a certain percentage of the vehicle being illegally parked. If part of the vehicle extends into a restricted area, the violation is the same as if the entire vehicle encroached.
- I LEFT SOMEONE IN THE CAR; I LEFT MY PARKING LIGHTS ON OR BLINKING; I LEFT A NOTE IN THE CAR AS TO MY WHEREABOUTS WITH THE MOTOR RUNNING
Many drivers seem to think that evidence of a short stay mitigates the offense. It does not. The purpose of parking regulations is to restrict from certain places or permitted at times, motor vehicles, which are not in motion. The presence of a passenger, a sign or blinking lights does not satisfy this purpose and, therefore, does not constitute a valid reason to dismiss a violation.
- IT WAS ONLY A FEW MINUTES
This explanation is one of the most common claims. Even if true, parking in a prohibited area is still a violation.
- NOBODY ELSE GOT A TICKET
Sometimes this excuse is raised as discriminatory enforcement. The officer may have had to leave the area before checking all the vehicles, however, a parking citation stands on its own.
- SOMEONE ELSE HAD MY CAR
The registered owner has joint responsibility with whoever was driving his or her car. Unless it can be shown by the registered owner that the car was driven without permission, the registered owner, renter or lessee is responsible for a parking citation.
- A COLLEGE OFFICIAL SAW ME PARK AND DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING – OR SAID IT WAS OK FOR A FEW MINUTES
Generally speaking, employees have no authority to give permission to break the law or college policy. Whenever possible, an officer will caution about illegal parking, but silence by an official does not waive parking restrictions.
- THIS VIOLATION HAS NOT BEEN ENFORCED IN THE PAST
This normally is not the case, however, inadequate staffing or other priorities may give rise to violations not being enforced continually; but, nowhere does apparent failure to enforce parking laws constitute a valid excuse for illegal parking.
- I’VE DONE IT FOR YEARS – EVERYBODY DOES IT
This is never a valid excuse for illegally parking. Nobody should be rewarded for getting away with prior violations.