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Fighting parking ticket

There are a number of spots (12ish) on the street behind my house which I park in that have free parking for 6 hours between 8 am and 7 pm. Normally this isn't an issue because I take the car to work. During the work from home mandate I have been working from home, so I go and take the dog for a short walk around 2 to move the car and change the timer. I usually drive around the block looking for a different spot, if I don't find one I usually just park back in the spot I left which for the last 6 months hasn't been an issue.

Today I got a parking ticket claiming I changed the timer without vacating the spot, which is not true since I vacated it for a couple minutes before returning to it.

Can I fight this? Where am I supposed to park when the government forces me to work from home? So frustrated.
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You can try, but I believe there is a minimum time, an hour or an hour and a hhalf it’s supposed to be gone.

But go in person to the police station and explain ...
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Old 22.03.2021, 22:51
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In our town you can buy a local parking pass for the year, then you don't need to worry at all...
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Old 22.03.2021, 23:21
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You can try, but I believe there is a minimum time, an hour or an hour and a hhalf it’s supposed to be gone.
In Basel the rule is the car "has to be put into traffic" before it can park in the same street. Something that's unlikely to be able to be done in a couple of minutes. I believe it's the same rule for Zurich. No idea where the OP is.
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Re: Fighting parking ticket

Common sense would dictate that what you have been doing is 'cheating' the system. You got away with it for a good long while, but your luck ran out. I don't think that you have any case to fight this.
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Common sense would dictate that what you have been doing is 'cheating' the system. You got away with it for a good long while, but your luck ran out. I don't think that you have any case to fight this.
While I understand this sentiment, these are not normal times. Normally I would take the car to work in the morning and park it again in the evening.

Now, we are in a global pandemic, the government tells me I must work from home, the government tells me not to go to restaurants, or theatres, or anything. Basically, I am mandated to stay home as much as possible, by government decree. Yet local law enforcement has silly rules like this still enforced which forces me to leave the house or get a ticket. It is counter productive to the federal and cantonal effort to fight Covid.
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Old 23.03.2021, 08:09
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While I understand this sentiment, these are not normal times. Normally I would take the car to work in the morning and park it again in the evening.

Now, we are in a global pandemic, the government tells me I must work from home, the government tells me not to go to restaurants, or theatres, or anything. Basically, I am mandated to stay home as much as possible, by government decree. Yet local law enforcement has silly rules like this still enforced which forces me to leave the house or get a ticket. It is counter productive to the federal and cantonal effort to fight Covid.
Why would Covid change parking rules just because you work from home? Enough ways to rent a parking space are available.
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Old 23.03.2021, 08:19
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Now, we are in a global pandemic, the government tells me I must work from home, the government tells me not to go to restaurants, or theatres, or anything. Basically, I am mandated to stay home as much as possible, by government decree. Yet local law enforcement has silly rules like this still enforced which forces me to leave the house or get a ticket. It is counter productive to the federal and cantonal effort to fight Covid.
I would recommend you to go directly to the police station and use this argument verbatim. Don't change a word. Should be fine

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Old 23.03.2021, 15:30
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Re: Fighting parking ticket

What I don't understand is... why do you keep trying to justify yourself to the forum (I understand your initial frustration - as you had left the spot once - but all the excuses you come up with later in the thread and giving the pandemic the fault of you getting a ticket - starts to sound whiny) while you know that none of us can tell you with 100% certainty if you can fight it or not - so just call the number on the ticket (ok, I've never gotten a ticket in my life- so I don't know where you'd call, but am assuming it'd be on the ticket?? ) and find out!
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Old 23.03.2021, 15:41
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Sure, I think other work from homers shouldn't be ticketed for leaving their car there all day either. I'm not asking for a special exemption for myself.

I don't know how long I have to vacate the spot before I can return to it. It is not listed on the parking sign.

The traffic people from what I have seen come at most twice a day (I can see my car out my window but I am usually focused on the computer screen.) I'm just really surprised I got ticketed I guess. If someone has the actual law as to how long a spot has to be vacated in Vaud that would be useful.
These other workers, where are they going to park if all the spots are taken? They have to park down the hill because you've blocked a space all to yourself?

Exactly what did you do when you moved/reparked your car? As said before, driving a few metres to park in a different space is not counted as leaving.

For Vaud I could only find the usual offense of "Changing the parking clock without driving away first"
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Old 23.03.2021, 15:42
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Sure, I think other work from homers shouldn't be ticketed for leaving their car there all day either. I'm not asking for a special exemption for myself.

I don't know how long I have to vacate the spot before I can return to it. It is not listed on the parking sign.

The traffic people from what I have seen come at most twice a day (I can see my car out my window but I am usually focused on the computer screen.) I'm just really surprised I got ticketed I guess. If someone has the actual law as to how long a spot has to be vacated in Vaud that would be useful.
If you are not using the car and only moving it when you are trying to circumvent the law, why not park it legally in that further spot?
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Old 23.03.2021, 15:53
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Sure, I think other work from homers shouldn't be ticketed for leaving their car there all day either. I'm not asking for a special exemption for myself.

I don't know how long I have to vacate the spot before I can return to it. It is not listed on the parking sign.

The traffic people from what I have seen come at most twice a day (I can see my car out my window but I am usually focused on the computer screen.) I'm just really surprised I got ticketed I guess. If someone has the actual law as to how long a spot has to be vacated in Vaud that would be useful.
Stop 1 min to think that you're competing with your neighbors for a scarce resource: parking on the street. One of your neighbors that pays the macaron (30 CHF a month) may have made a call and given the plates number.

About laws, was it a blue or a white zone? Much better if you share a pic of the parking sign. Usually there are some hours in there and even a reference to the law.
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Old 23.03.2021, 13:28
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Common sense would dictate that what you have been doing is 'cheating' the system. You got away with it for a good long while, but your luck ran out. I don't think that you have any case to fight this.
You know all those lawyer shows you see on TV? How many times do they argue "well it's common sense innit"? The problem with common sense is that it's usually not common and often doesn't make sense.

Cheating would be not abiding by the rules. If the rule is that the car has to be put into traffic then as soon as you've done that you have equal rights to that space as anyone else "in traffic" and can drive back and park without breaking any rule. If you simply drive your car 30m to the next space this would be against the rules and "cheating" as you put it.

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Why call it a house if it doesn't have at least 1 parking place?
In English English the term "the house" is used to mean the place where you live even if it's not a house.
Also I've never heard that a house can't be a house without at least one parking space.

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which forces me to leave the house or get a ticket. It is counter productive to the federal and cantonal effort to fight Covid.
What about the other work from homers who might also want to park there car? You have to move your car to free the space. Once the space is properly free according to the rules you can return to it.

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Usually the onus is not on the accused to prove anything. Asking for evidence is often an effective way to get out of parking tickets.

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In Basel the rule is the car "has to be put into traffic" before it can park in the same street. Something that's unlikely to be able to be done in a couple of minutes. I believe it's the same rule for Zurich. No idea where the OP is.
I found a similar definition to that in quotes too. I had assumed driving round the block was OK and do that a lot. I take a picture when I leave my car in case someone hits it and then claims it was sticking out. I reverse the direction of the car when I move it. This doesn't work in Germany where cars need to face the same way. If you forget when you parked you have the time on the photo, also the GPS information if that is turned on!
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I reverse the direction of the car when I move it. This doesn't work in Germany where cars need to face the same way.
Here as well if parking is allowed on both sides of the road.
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Old 22.03.2021, 23:19
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Re: Fighting parking ticket

Parking rules are different in every canton and even depend on the commune/gemeinde. So, look for your local rules.

Where to park? Outdoor parking places start at 50 CHF a month. 100 CHF a month for covered ones. In crowded urban areas, 300 or more per month.
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There are a number of spots (12ish) on the street behind my house which I park in that have free parking for 6 hours between 8 am and 7 pm. Normally this isn't an issue because I take the car to work. During the work from home mandate I have been working from home, so I go and take the dog for a short walk around 2 to move the car and change the timer. I usually drive around the block looking for a different spot, if I don't find one I usually just park back in the spot I left which for the last 6 months hasn't been an issue.

Today I got a parking ticket claiming I changed the timer without vacating the spot, which is not true since I vacated it for a couple minutes before returning to it.

Can I fight this? Where am I supposed to park when the government forces me to work from home? So frustrated.
- Nobody forces you to have a car .
- Rental of space is possible within reasonable distance .

and it's not legal to return to the spot again hoping that 'clock starts from zero' - been there , done that , paid police ticket .
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Nobody forces you to have a car .
And nobody changed the parking rules after you got the car.

Unless you never have a day off without using the car, or a day sick, then it looks like you would always have played this game. But now the odds of getting caught went up because you do it every day.
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