Disputing parking tickets in Pittsburgh the easy way
Getting a parking ticket can be annoying, but if it happens, disputing them should always be your next step. The process is straightforward and can be done in a few minutes using the free DoNotPay app. According to a report by Newsweek, in the first year and a half of its existence, the robot lawyer has overturned over $4,000,000 worth of fines.
Unlike most cities, the city of Pittsburgh’s entire public parking is handled by a single company, the Pittsburgh Parking Authority. It was established by the city government to unify all operations and make sure that laws are equally enforced and citizens get fair treatment, instead of letting private companies compete for profit. Cutting out the middleman means that the profits go directly into the city budget.
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Now it takes less than 120 seconds to create a compelling citation dispute
Parking citations in Pittsburgh are all handled by the Pittsburgh Parking Court and should be submitted within 21 calendar days from receiving one. Most parking tickets go unchallenged simply because doing so would require effort that would outweigh the actual cost of the ticket. With DoNotPay, creating a proper dispute, a task that would require up to a day’s worth of work, can now be done in less than two minutes. Simply follow these steps:
- Open DoNotPay in your web browser or get the iOS app
- Snap a clear photo of the ticket and upload it
- Our AI chatbot will guide you by asking simple questions to better understand your situation
- It will then create a dispute letter for you, tailored to fit the laws and policies in your area
Now you need to submit your request for review to the Parking Court, you can do so in three ways:
- Filling out the form online
- Mailing it to Pittsburgh Parking Court, 240 Fourth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
- Dropping it off in person at 240 Fourth Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh
Do I stand a chance at contesting or am I wasting time?
If there’s one thing DoNotPay has proven, it’s that contesting parking tickets is always a good step to take. Having overturned 160,000 out of its first 250,000 cases (64% success rate), the app will create a viable claim ready for sending. Considering how practical it is to do with DoNotPay, a few clicks on your phone or computer could save you a decent amount of money.
Will I save time if I opt for contesting through DoNotPay?
Absolutely, that’s one of the best things about the app. Previously, creating a proper dispute would take up to a whole day, which meant it was something most people couldn’t be bothered with. You’d have to set aside time to research your rights, gather evidence, write a convincing and professional letter, and still wonder if you missed anything. Now, all you have to do is chat with DoNotPay for a minute or two and it will create the case for you for free. Then you just need to forward it and wait for the results.
Is DoNotPay capable of disputing privately issued parking citations?
Although all parking citations in Pittsburgh are issued under the Pittsburgh Parking Court, the app itself can help you fight infractions issued by all companies, public or private. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Imperial Parking
- Standard Parking (and SP+)
- Towne Park
- Laz Parking
- Douglas Parking
- Lanier Parking
- Ace Parking, and more
What can happen if I don’t pay my parking infraction?
The idea that parking tickets go away over time is a myth. If you postpone dealing with them or ignore them altogether, they will catch up to you in one way or the other. If you think it was issued unfairly, simply create your case with DoNotPay and dispute it.
Ignored parking tickets are known to:
- Increase with additional feels and debt overtime
- Get your car towed or booted
- Withhold the ability to register or re-register a vehicle
- Having your current registration suspended by the DMV
- Forwarded to collection agencies who will bother you -- if you let them stay unchecked for too long, they might even end up on your credit report
Will parking citations affect my driving record?
Parking citations do not go on any sort of record, no matter how high the fee is. Challenging them will also have no negative effects and or be held against you. While they obviously stay on government record, as long as you take care of them they will never come up. Ignoring them, however, can lead to an arrest warrant for evading to pay government-issued fines, but that has nothing to do with parking specifically. It’s up to you to decide what you will do with them, but we always recommend disputing them with DoNotPay before paying them.
Does my car insurance go up if I get parking infractions?
As long as you take care of infractions on time, the terms of your car insurance will not change, no matter how high the fee. Car insurance companies calculate the probability of you filing a claim (risk) based on your habits while the car is in motion and the state of your car. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Your age and years of driving experience
- Number and severity of previous traffic violations
- Previous damage and repairs to your car
- The cars safety features
The only way a parking citation can affect your insurance is if you let it stack up over time, to the point where your registration is suspended by the DMV. In this case, it still has nothing to do with parking violations. Insurance companies will not ask how you were suspended, they only care that you were. Learn more at Insurance Hotline.
I got a parking citation in a rental car, do I need to pay it?
The short answer is yes. Although technically you will not be pursued by the local jurisdiction handling the ticket, the car company will receive and pay for it. Once they cover it for themselves, it only takes opening up the car’s rental records to find who the ticket was issued to. The company is legally allowed to charge you the amount of the ticket, plus an administrative fee without asking you. These terms are carefully documented in the agreement you signed with them when renting the car. Sixt, the fourth-largest rental company in the U.S., adds an additional $40 fee on top of the ticket.
How much money does the city of Pittsburgh make from parking fees?
The city’s official financial report announced a total of $9,919,497 and $10,508,870 worth of parking court receipts in 2017 and 2016 respectively. Considering it’s a city with only 300,000 residents, parking tickets happen to be a major source of the cities income.
How to pay a Pittsburgh parking infraction
If you’ve already contested the infraction using DoNotPay, but the ticket is still seen as valid, you can always pay it in the following ways:
|Method||Online||By Mail||In Person||Via Phone|
|Where and how?||You can make secure online payments at the official link||Send a check or money order to Pittsburgh Parking Court, P.O. Box 640, Pittsburgh, PA 15230-0640||Pittsburgh Parking Court, 240 Fourth Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh.||Call 866-353-7151 (toll-free), pay with MasterCard or VISA using the automated IVR system|
|Mon, Wed, Fri 9:30-3:00 pm.|
DoNotPay helps users fight and beat tickets in any city
DoNotPay helps users fight parking tickets in every city in the US and UK. Here are a few cities we’ve helped users dispute the most tickets in:
What else can you do with DoNotPay?
DoNotPay can help you save time and money with services such as:
- Fighting traffic tickets
- Contesting speeding tickets
- Issuing virtual credit cards to avoid unnecessary charges by free trials
- Suing people and businesses in small claims court
- Contacting customer service and waiting in queue on your behalf, calling you once it reaches a customer service rep
- Applying for compensation for delayed and canceled flights
- Getting your DMV appointment faster
- Canceling any unwanted service and subscription
- Disputing parking tickets in other cities as well!