Contesting Parking Tickets in Salt Lake City, UT

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The most effective way to dispute parking tickets in Salt Lake City, Utah

If you’re looking for a fast and easy, but most importantly FREE way to dispute a parking ticket in Salt Lake City, look no further than DoNotPay. We’ve created the world’s first lawyer chatbot to help you handle simple matters, including challenging citations. SiliconAngle news wrote about the app, stating it caught the interest and secured the funding from the likes of:

  • Greylock Ventures
  • Founders Fund
  • Tuesday Capital
  • Felicis Ventures
  • Index Ventures

The report also states the app was able to win 160,000 out of its first 250,000 disputes, giving it a noteworthy 64% success rate.

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Does disputing a parking ticket ever pay off, or am I wasting time?

We always recommend disputing a parking ticket, even if it seems justified. By using the app, you’ll quickly learn that just by challenging a ticket, people gain a significant chance of getting their fines reduced or dropped.

In the past, disputing a parking ticket was just too much hassle for people. As a result, a sizable number of improper tickets were paid in full because people didn’t want to delegate their free time and energy into fighting them. In some situations, people would also opt for consultation, which would require even more time and money for something as simple as a parking ticket dispute. DoNotPay has simplified the process to the point it would be a shame not to try it at least.

How to create a professional parking dispute in 120 seconds

To make sure you prepare your case accordingly and not leave something important out, we recommend you let DoNotPay do the work for you. The app will take a full workdays’ worth of tasks, such as research and writing, and do it in under 120 seconds. Here are four steps on how to use it:

  1. Visit the DoNotPay in your browser
  2. Take a photo of your parking ticket and upload it to DoNotPay
  3. Chat with the app to let it get a grasp of the situation
  4. Let DoNotPay create a dispute for you, suitable for SLC parking laws

All Salt Lake City parking tickets must be contested within the first 20 days of issuing. Each case is handled by the city’s Parking and Civil Unit through a hearing officer, meaning you will have to present your case to a representative. This can be done in two ways:

  • Online form
  • In-person at 451 South State Street, Salt Lake City & County Building Room, 145

The working hours for in-person hearings are:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

At the moment, there are no options to file a dispute through phone or by mail.

How much time will DoNotPay save me, as opposed to doing everything myself?

The short answer is a lot. DoNotPay is by far the most time-efficient way to dispute parking citations. Doing everything yourself will require up to a days’ worth of work of preparing the case, researching, writing, double-checking everything and then still wondering if you forgot about something.

On top of that, the rules are pretty clear that if the dispute is deemed incomplete, it will automatically be disregarded. Imagine spending a whole day doing something, only to be told you did it incorrectly. DoNotPay will complete the process for you in under two minutes, saving you plenty of time, money, and nerves.

Can DoNotPay dispute parking citations from private companies?

Yes, DoNotPay is effective at disputing ALL government-issued and private contractor parking tickets. The app is helping thousands of people successfully challenge citations from private companies every day. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Diamond Lot
  • SP+ (Standard Parking)
  • Ace Parking
  • Towne Park
  • Lanier Parking
  • Impark (Imperial Parking)
  • Laz Parking
  • ABM Parking Services

Disputing vs Paying the ticket

CostEasiest MethodRequired TimePossibly Benefits
DisputeFree with DoNotPayDoNotPayUp to a few minutes with DoNotPayHaving your ticket dropped or reduced
PayFull ticket amountOnline, other methods are less convenientA few minutes if done onlineNo benefits, resort to paying only if you lose the dispute

What can happen if I don’t pay my infraction?

You never want to ignore a parking ticket. It will only cause problems down the line. But before you cover the fee, always try disputing it with DoNotPay, especially if you feel you’ve been wrongfully charged.

In Salt Lake City, you have the first 20 days from the issuing date to cover or successfully dispute the ticket. If the ticket is left unchecked for 40 days, it will be sent to the Salt Lake City Collection Unit. If you let it sit for too long, you could be in for some surprises, such as:

  1. An increase in fees with no limit
  2. Your car getting towed or booted
  3. Collection agencies bothering you
  4. A suspension being put on your drivers’ license
  5. Rejection of new registrations or re-registration

Do parking tickets affect my insurance?

Parking citations will never directly affect your insurance rates. Insurance companies do not have input on received parking tickets and whether or not you paid them. According to State Farm, one of the biggest insurance companies in the U.S., only violations made while the vehicle is moving, that show up on your drivers’ record, can affect your insurance.

However, this is assuming you’ve either successfully disputed the ticket, via DoNotPay, or paid it in full. As mentioned in the previous segment, your drivers’ license could get suspended by the DMV if you ignore the citation for too long. Insurance companies will take note that this happened, although at that point they won’t ask how or why, so don’t let that happen.

Can I get a parking ticket while I’m in my car?

In the eyes of the law, just because a vehicle is occupied while stationary, does not mean it’s not considered parked. According to Utah Legislature 41-6a-1401, a vehicle is not exempt from parking rules whether occupied or not, except if it’s temporarily engaged in loading or unloading of goods and passengers.

Some parking officers may be kind enough to ask you to move if they see you in the car, but considering a portion of every city’s budget comes from parking tickets, it’s better to just play by the rules. If you ever get a parking citation while in the car, consider disputing it with DoNotPay right away, it shouldn’t take you more than two minutes.

How much of Salt Lake City’s revenue comes from parking citations.

The amount of paid citations varies from year to year, but in the previous decade, the total never went under $2,000,000. Here are the numbers between 2011 and 2016, according to the city's official financial report:

Total revenue in USDTime Period
3,374,0592011 - 2012
3,041,8752012 - 2013
2,128,7362013 - 2014
2,876,2992014 - 2015
4,843,2242016 - 2017

Here are some interesting statistics according to a report by K Salt Lake news:

  1. Expired meters were the most common reason for tickets
  2. Thursday is the day with the most issued tickets at 20.2%, while Sunday only had 1.1%
  3. The hotspot for getting tickets was around Main Street, with 300 South being the riskiest street

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:

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