Tell Us: Have You Gotten Ticketed for Parking Less Than the Allotted Time?

Readers express frustration after receiving tickets in El Cerrito for parking less than the time limits given at certain spots. Have you had a similar experience happen to you?

Last week, a reader was not too happy after receiving a $71 parking ticket in El Cerrito.

The reader complained that it was for parking two hours in a four-hour zone on Elm and Willow Street.

"Is this common practice in El Cerrito," the reader asked.

As it turns out, back in September 2012, El Cerrito police issued a community notice reminding residents that it's illegal to park a vehicle on the street more than 72 hours straight and to park a trailer, RV or motor home on the street more than an hour from 2-6 a.m.

We decided to check in with other local motorists on the following:

What was the most expensive ticket you got, what was it for and where?

Here are some responses we received on El Cerrito Patch Facebook's page:

  • I've gotten two tickets for leaving our car parked for over 72 hours in front of our house. Last year's ticket was $62, this year's was $71.00- I fight them and lose. 
  • How can you NOT park in front of your own house??? What if you don't have a garage?
  • Its because it's over 72 hours....you can't go on vacation! Also, I want to mention that there were no chalk marks on the tires to prove that the car didn't move.
  • That's nothing. Some years back I was ticketed for "blocking a red zone" where no red zone existed. I think it was close to $500! Oh, I did do some puckering on that day! /but, I paid the fine. I hate EC's traffic enforcement golf cart. It is the bane of my existence. 
  • Our neighbor was ticketed for being more than 12 inches from the curb ( parked facing the wrong way) on a PRIVATE COURT! 
  • If you did not park there for the full allotted time, fight it.
  • Got a ticket in front of my house for parking more than 4hrs. I was only parked there for 30 min. I have a ATM receipt that im going to send in that shows I was at the bank 30 min before I got the ticket. Hope that works. Looks like the meter maids are hoping people just don't fight it. Not Cool!
  • I got one in front of my house as I live in the four hour zone behind BART station. I was new in the neighborhood and didn't know. Had to pay it and it was not a nice welcome to the area. They should give you a chance the first time.
  • And yet, it's impossible to get anyone to come out if a BART parker blocks your driveway....
  • I received a ticket when parked in front of my house. Ticket said I was parked in the red zone. I WASN'T, so I took a picture and mailed it in to prove it. They denied my claim saying the picture was not date and time stamped. Guilty until proven innocent seems backwards to me!
  • Call and fight it. I used to work in EC and would park in 4 hour area, only to be ticketed after 3.5 hours. This was on the regular...had to call and fight constantly. Glad I dont work there anymore! I've heard many stories of ticketing at random, I think they just hope most people pay and dont fight (which ends up happening) unfortunately.
  • I got a ticket for leaving my razor scooter on a bike rack. Said it was illegal vehicle in an assigned spot. 
  • Wow! This is a PR problem for EC. How embarrassing! 
  • I've gotten 6-7 tickets in the last six months. One was $275!

We want to hear from you...

Have you received a ticket for parking less than the allotted time limit in a spot in El Cerrito? Did you try fighting the ticket? What happened? Tell us in the comments section below.

Jan Clemens January 30, 2013 at 02:34 PM
We own a business on San Pablo Ave and Alameda. Our car was marked,we went to the Bank and parked a different spot in front of our office. We received a ticket in less tha 30 minutes after we returned
Rob January 30, 2013 at 04:56 PM
This is a sad situation. No such problem in Richmond Annex that I'm aware of.
Auntie JPEG January 30, 2013 at 11:20 PM
Please don't suggest the introduction of parking meters. they are up to 25¢ for 8 minutes in Oakland.
Alvin Mabuhay February 01, 2013 at 02:45 PM
El Cerrito has had a long history of aggressive parking enforcement. It's more about revenue generation than it is about improving the parking situation. Much of it stems from the over-reaching expectations that Chief Kirkland imposed on his employees. And while I am confident that some of the versions listed above have merit, much of the enforcement originate from citizen complaints.


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