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March 19, 2007


Connie Green

We also have alternate side parking on the streets of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. I have spent many days jumping into my car five minutes before the street cleaning is to begin and searching for a spot on the other side of the street. Ours is for two hour increments and the parking enforcement people are ready to ticket immediately.

Erik Feder - The Parking Expert

Hi Connie,

Thanks for that info, I had no idea that you went through the same "auto ballet" in parts of LA that we do here in NYC. How much do you pay for a parking ticket if you don't move your car on an alternate side of the street day?

I'm curious, what are some of the most parking challenged areas of LA? I've always thought of LA as a kind of a huge suburb but I'm sure that there must parts that are just horrendous for parking.


okay we have all seen parking signs with arrows facing in both directions and others point towards one direction. I parked on the side of the street by the post sign that had arrows facing both ways , so recently my car got towed i noticed that the arrow that point in the direction that my car was parked had been covered by some white tape is that legal should'nt they have replaced that sign indicating in which direction is legal to park

Erik Feder - The Parking Expert

Hi Dario,

I think that if the reason you got this ticket is because the arrow on the sign was covered with white tape, you have a very good chance of getting this ticket dismissed and you should be reimbursed for the towing as well. Of course, all the other details come into play, like what exactly the sign said, what day of the week & time of day were you parked, what infraction was listed on the ticket, etc. But regarding the tape on the sign, you are correct that they should have replaced the sign itself and not merely taped over the arrow. How were you to know that this was official and not a case of vandalism? Parking regulations signs must be legible and not blocked or covered by anything, clearly the white tape was covering a crucial part of this sign.

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