Even after losing round one, appealing a Philly parking ticket might get easier

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 A member of the Philadelphia Parking Authority writes a ticket for an expired meter in the Center City neighborhood of Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP Photo)

A member of the Philadelphia Parking Authority writes a ticket for an expired meter in the Center City neighborhood of Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP Photo)

You can already appeal a Philadelphia parking ticket online. But now it might get a bit easier to make a second appeal.  

Right now have to file your second appeal via certified mail.

Councilman Bill Greenlee says he feels if people travel to the Bureau of Administrative Adjudication, they should be able to appeal right on the spot or by regular mail.  

Jerry Connors of the BAA disagrees, saying the current policy has been fair and efficient for 25 years and the proposed changes could make headaches for those appealing a ticket.

“If they mailed something they don’t hear from us, and then they come to us saying I mailed an appeal they have nothing other than to say I mailed it,” Connors said. “Versus now they not only have a return receipt saying that it was mailed but what happened to it.” 

Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez says it’s council’s job to make things easier for constituents and on-the-spot appeals appear the best option. 

“It would seem to me that that’s when you want to deal with it have someone appeal right on the spot,” she said.

If the measure is approved by all of council, there is a built-in waiting period in order to implement the new appeals process.

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