April 16, 2012 I received in the mail a citation concerning an unpaid parking ticket from a private parking company downtown. The date of the original parking citation they reported was April, 2010.
It has been 2 years! They threaten to tow my vehicle if not paid. They have my tag and model of the vehicle , also my address and name on the citation. Normal parking fee is $5.00 for an evening. Now with late fees the ticket is $31.00. I never received an original ticket on my vehicle as they claim. I do not park downtown in the lots. It could have been my daughter but when asked she indicated that she has parked in the lots but pays upon arrival.She said she never received an original ticket for parking.
Am I responsible for this late fee and ticket?
Yes, you are responsible for the ticket and late fee because the parking ticket is against the vehicle, not the driver, and you are the registered owner of the vehicle.
Yes, they can pursue you for a 2-year-old parking ticket. For some reason, people seem to believe that just because a parking ticket is old, they don't have to pay the fine for it. This is incorrect.
My advice is pay the $31 fine and be done with it. That is much cheaper and less time-consuming than having your car towed and having to pay to get the car out of the tow lot.
In my opinion, it's very likely that your daughter or someone else driving your vehicle got the ticket and forgot all about it. Or the ticket could have blown off your car window as you drove away and you never saw it. Regardless, you are responsible for taking care of it.
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