‘I Was Unloading and Loading Heavy Things All Day’: Parking Ticket Appeals


The following ticket appeals letters were written over the past month by motorists fined by enforcement officers in the New Canaan Parking Bureau. We are including excerpts from their letters as well as information where and when they were fined, and for what violation.


I put the wrong number in the machine/was in a hurry and there were people in front of me—I paid $3 to $4 for parking and don’t take spaces on Elm Street. (A note on the form says this individual is an employee in town.)

—$20 for unpaid space at Park Street lot, at 11:26 a.m. on July 20


I have an annual spot as I commute into the city, however, I made an error on my recent parking renewal. My wife stopped by the parking bureau in town to discuss the matter and we figured out the origin of the error. Apparently in my haste to renew, I only listed the license plate of our second Subaru (my wife’s Outback), instead of registering the car I park in the lot which is a Subaru Forrester … As I inadvertently made this mistake and have always paid my annual fee with no issues in the past, I am hoping that you will excuse the enclosed parking tickets.

—$30 for no permit in Lumberyard Lot at 11:51 a.m. on July 9 and 11:47 a.m. on July 10


I got to work at 9 a.m. today and I parked on Main St. in front of Baskin Robbins. At 10:42 a.m. I left Main St. and parked on Elm St. in front of Higgins Brothers and Gingerbitz. At 12:35, I left Elm and moved back to Main St. right out front of the Toy Store. I received a ticket at 12:46 but I had barely been there 10 minutes. I received a second ticket, which I admittedly was overdue. But unfortunately the ticket at 12:46 is not a valid. I did leave Main St. for more than an hour.

—$20 for overtime parking on Main Street at 12:46 p.m. on July 13 and $40 for second violation at 2:42 p.m.


I was issued these tickets in front of my business at 110 Main St. where I was unloading and loading heavy things all day from my store and vehicle. I generally park behind my building where I have a personal spot and this was the first time I parked on the street. I was unaware of the fines but unable to move my car because I had a full day of loading. Please consider my appeal.

—$20 for overtime parking on Main Street at 11:52 a.m. on June 18 and $40 for second violation at 2:11 p.m.


During my day I have several out of office, on-site meetings that requires the use of my car. I have been challenged with on-street parking for several months because of this erratic schedule and lack of sufficient parking for employees. To avoid citations, I set multiple alarms every two hours, before I leave my car. On July 29, 2015 I returned from a meeting at 10 a.m. and parked on Grove Street by TD Bank. At 12 noon I moved the car and noticed that wheel had been chalked. In previous conversations with other professionals, I understand: 1. You cannot just move the car to a new parking space on the same street you must move to a new street or you will receive a citation; 2. You will receive citations every two hours if the car is not moved, not one ticket per day. That said, at noon, I moved to eastbound Pine Street, between Summer Theater and Staying Put in New Canaan and personally checked to confirm the caulk mark was in a new location, on the top of the tire. You can see on the citation I was ticketed at 12:16 p.m., 16 minutes after I moved the vehicle from Grove to Pine. I came back to the car for another meeting at 12:40 p.m. to find the ticket and was highly irritated. Please review and provide me with your regs and rules to avoid this continued expense.

—12:13 p.m. on July 29, $20 for overtime parking on Pine Street

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