If I received a $40 parking ticket for parking overnight during street cleaning hours but I’ve been parking there for years with no problem, is it legal to start enforcing a law like this unannounced?

Should there have been warnings issued first before springing this on residents residents are the only ones affected by this? Should I expect to have this administratively adjudicated?

Asked on September 25, 2015 under General Practice, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Yes, it is legal to enforce this against residents, even though it represents a change in long-standing parking policy. As you're probably heard, "ignorance of the law is no defense," which includes not being aware of a change in the parking rules. It is very unlikely that you would win if you fight it, so if you fight, you will spend hours of your time and most likely still have to pay.


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