Skip to code content (skip section selection)
(a) The parking ticket form adopted in Section 407.09 shall be used by law enforcement officers in all cases in which a person is charged with committing a parking infraction within the City. The parking ticket shall be the summons and complaint for purposes of this chapter.
(b) A law enforcement officer who issues a parking ticket for a parking infraction shall complete the ticket by identifying the parking infraction charge; recording the license plate number and the type, make or model of the vehicle; and indicating the date, time and place of the charged parking infraction. The officer shall sign the ticket, affirm the facts it contains and file a copy with the Violations Clerk. If the operator of the vehicle is present, the officer shall also record on the ticket the name of the operator (in a space provided on the ticket for identification of the offender) and then shall personally serve the parking ticket upon the operator. If the operator of the vehicle is not present, the officer shall insert the word "owner" in the space provided on the ticket for identification of the offender and then shall constructively serve the parking ticket upon the owner of the vehicle by affixing the ticket to the vehicle in a conspicuous place.
Constructive service of a parking ticket upon an owner of a vehicle by such affixation or by the procedure described in subsection (d) hereof has the same force and effect as if the parking ticket were personally served on both the owner and operator of the vehicle at the time of the violation and potentially subjects both the owner and the operator of the vehicle, whose act or omission resulted in the parking infraction, if different, to the same fine and the same penalties, fees and costs for failure to timely answer or to appear, if a hearing is requested.
(c) The original of a parking ticket issued pursuant to this section or any true copy thereof shall be considered a record kept in the ordinary course of business of the City and of the law enforcement agency whose officer issued it, and shall be prima-facie evidence of the facts it contains.
(d) An operator of a vehicle who is not the owner of the vehicle, but who operates it with the express or implied permission of the owner, is the agent of the owner for purposes of the receipt of a parking ticket served in accordance with this section. Personal service of a parking ticket upon the operator, in accordance with this section, constitutes constructive service upon the owner for purposes of this chapter. The operator of a rented or leased vehicle whose act or omission resulted in an alleged parking infraction shall not be considered an agent of the owner if the owner is engaged in the business of renting and leasing vehicles pursuant to a written rental or lease agreement and if the owner follows the procedures set forth in Section 407.08.
(e) Except as provided in Section 407.08, when a parking ticket is issued for a parking infraction and is served pursuant to this section, the operator of the vehicle whose act or omission resulted in the parking infraction for which the ticket was issued and the owner of the vehicle involved in the parking infraction, if different, are jointly liable for the parking infraction and for any fine, penalty, fees or costs arising out of the parking infraction. Any owner of a vehicle who pays any fine, penalty, fees or costs imposed for a parking infraction pursuant to this chapter may recover the amount so paid from the operator of the vehicle whose act or omission resulted in the parking infraction.
(f) No person who is served with a parking ticket pursuant to this section shall be arrested as a result of the commission of a parking infraction.
(Ord. 84-33. Passed 6-4-84.)