Dispute Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) parking tickets for free
BBC News reports that DoNotPay has helped overturn hundreds of thousands of parking tickets.
Here are the steps that you need to follow in order to appeal your citation:
- Use DoNotPay directly from your web browser or download the app on your iPhone.
- Answer a few questions that the chatbot will ask you.
- Upload the picture of the ticket you got
- DoNotPay will generate a script you can use in your dispute hearing
Is appealing an MBTA parking ticket worth the effort? Can I win?
Yes. Disputing a parking ticket is always worth your time, especially when you do it with DoNotPay. If you use the app, the dispute process will only take a few minutes instead of almost an entire day you’d spend doing it on your own.
There are two kinds of tickets that MBTA may issue you, Invoices for Non-payment and Transit Police Violations. Depending on which type you receive, you will have to deal with them differently.
For Invoices for Non-payment, you need to request an appeal within 30 days from the invoice date, and you can do so online or via email.
For the second type, the Transit Police Violations, you have 21 days after the ticket date to ask for a hearing. You can only send in your request by mail. Once they review your claim, the parking clerk will then contact you to inform you of the date of your hearing.
For both kinds of tickets, you will have to submit a few things along with your request, such as:
- a brief explanation of your situation and the reason for your appeal
- an image or copy of the invoice
- evidence that can support your claim
I’m swamped! How much time will I save with DoNotPay?
DoNotPay helps dispute your ticket in only 2 minutes! If you choose to do everything yourself, it will take you at least half a day. You need to collect the evidence that you want to present and write the explanatory letter yourself.
For people who work all day, it would be best to choose the faster option. It is not an excellent idea to miss even half a day from work, because you may end up losing more money than the amount of the parking ticket.
Can DoNotPay help me contest an MBTA parking ticket from a private company?
Yes, DoNotPay can also assist you in disputing citations that you receive from private companies, such as:
- Lanier Parking
- Laz Parking
- Ace Parking
- Imperial Parking, aka Impark
- ABM Parking Services
- Douglas Parking
- SP+, aka Standard Parking
- Towne Park
Do I need to hire a lawyer to help me dispute MBTA parking citations?
Luckily, MBTA you don’t have to get a legal representative to fight your parking tickets. This is good news since hiring a lawyer will cost you a lot of money.
DoNotPay can help dispute your infraction in only two minutes and all for free. All you need to do is answer the questions that we ask you via our app.
However, if you want to hire a lawyer, there are a few things that you need to do first:
- Research. Since they will be representing you, you need to know as much as you can about them. Ask for recommendations from your friends and family.
- Check their credentials. You need to find out if they have the skills and experience to help you win your case.
- Be careful. You always need to be wary since there are quite a lot of people around the world that will try to cheat you off your money. If you notice any red flags, immediately cross them off your list.
- Think about the cost. Again, lawyers are costly. It is not wise to pay more for a legal representative than the actual sum of fines.
- Schedule interviews. Meeting someone face to face is the best way to learn more about them. You can also take this time to ask them your questions about the case.
How much will I have to pay for a parking ticket lawyer in Massachusetts?
Lawyers’ fee depends on the severity of your violation. The worse your infraction, the higher the amount of money they will charge you. The price usually ranges from a hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars.
I just want to pay and get this over with. How do I pay MBTA parking tickets?
Before deciding to pay your citation, you should attempt to fight it first so that you get the opportunity to cancel all the fines. DoNotPay app can make the process much simpler!
If at some point, you have no other choice but to pay for your infraction, you can do that:
- Online. Visit their website to make your payment. You can choose whether you will pay by credit or debit card. The site will automatically send you a confirmation number via email.
- By mail. You will receive an orange envelope with the notice from the Transit Police. You can place your check or money order into this envelope and write your return address in the upper left-hand corner.
Dispute or Pay?
|Ease||Time it takes||Cost||Benefits|
|Dispute||Easy with the help of our DoNotPay chatbot||Get a solution in only 120 seconds||The app is free and all fines may get eliminated||You need not spend a single dime|
|Pay||Easier online||If you pay via mail it can take days or weeks||The total amount of fines||You don’t have to think about parking tickets|
Can I get a deduction on my parking fine?
If you dispute your ticket, you have a chance to get a deduction on your fines. MBTA may even cancel the charges altogether.
What are the consequences of not paying for MBTA parking tickets?
If you neglect to pay for your parking citations after 30 days from the notice date, MBTA will add a $10 fee for every unpaid day of parking. After 90 days, if you still have not paid all your fines, you will have to pay an extra $20 fee for you to be able to renew your registration with the RMV.
MBTA will forward your case to the RMV. They will then have every right to reject your vehicle registration and driver’s license renewal. After some time, they may also order for your car to be booted or towed.
Another possibility is that MBTA will notify a collections agency. Once they know about your situation, your credit score may get affected. Once your rating is lowered, it will be difficult for you to get a loan in the future.
You should never let it get to this point. As soon as you receive your ticket or the notice from the agency, you should immediately dispute it. Access DoNotPay through any web browser or download the app on your iPhone to dispute all your parking fines fast!
Will parking infractions affect my driving record?
Fortunately, no, getting a parking ticket will not go on your record. However, there are penalties and consequences that you will have to deal with if you neglect to pay your fines.
What if I receive a notice from MBTA, but I did not see the ticket on my windshield?
If this situation happens, it means that someone may have taken it from your windshield, or the wind could have blown it away.
Even if you did not find a parking ticket on your vehicle, MBTA will still send you a letter notifying you of your infraction. As soon as you receive the notice from MBTA, you should contact them and clarify things. If you ignore the letter, you will have to deal with many more penalties, such as late fees. Make sure that you settle your charges as soon as possible.
You can read more about this issue here.
Can my car insurance increase if I receive a parking ticket?
No, your monthly premium will not go up just because you received a parking ticket. However, if you neglect to pay for your citations, the RMV may reject your vehicle registration renewal. If this happens, auto insurance companies, such as Chubb, may refuse to cover your car.
It will be costly to get a different policy, so you have to make sure that you pay your dues promptly. However, you also have the choice to contest your citation. If you choose to do the latter, you may not even have to pay any money at all. Access DoNotPay through any web browser or download the app on your iPhone to dispute all your citations in 2 minutes.
Do I have to pay an MBTA parking ticket even if I do not live in Massachusetts?
Yes, you have to pay for all the citations that you receive. If you plan on going on a road trip to Massachusetts, you should follow their regulations, no matter how different they are to your hometown.
Here is a Quora post regarding a similar situation.
Can I get a parking ticket even if I am seated behind the wheel?
As long as you are parking illegally, officers can issue you a ticket, even if you stop to take a call or read an urgent text. Before you park, make sure that you are allowed to stay there. This post talks about a similar situation.
Do I have to pay for citations I received while driving a rental?
Yes, you will have to deal with the ticket, even if you were driving a rental car. Since you do not own the vehicle, MBTA will send the notice to the car rental companies, like E-Z Rent A Car. They will pay for it and charge the credit or debit card that you used for the rental. Other than the cost of the ticket, they will add an administrative fee.
How much revenue does MBTA get from parking tickets?
According to this article, MBTA receives a few million dollars annually from parking citations alone. In recent years, the public agency has had problems with the transit agencies that they have hired, resulting in lawsuits and settlements. These problems have caused the MBTA to fall short of its budget targets.
What else can DoNotPay do?
Other than helping you fight your parking ticket, we can also assist you with:
- Suing companies and people in small claims court
- Getting you an appointment with the DMV faster
- Beating speeding tickets
- Contesting traffic tickets
- Contacting customer service on your behalf and connecting you after it reaches a real human being
- Getting you a virtual credit card to use for free trials
- Canceling any service or subscription
- Appealing parking tickets in other cities too!
To summarize MBTA parking tickets:
|DoNotPay makes contesting your ticket easy and quick.||With DoNotPay, you can dispute your ticket in only 120 seconds and all for free.|
|There are different ways to reduce your fines.||Simply contesting your ticket will give you a deduction.|
|You need to deal with all the parking citations that you receive.||Even if you live in a different state, were in a rental car, or didn’t see the actual parking slip on your windshield.|
|You will not have to pay more for your monthly premium if you get a parking ticket.||However, your insurer may refuse to cover a vehicle that is not registered with the DMV.|
|There are other services that DoNotPay offers.||For example, DoNotPay can schedule you an appointment with the DMV faster.|