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How Much Time between a Ticket and a Tow?

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  • 4th August 2011
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A parking ticket’s expensive, but a tow is even worse! In the ideal world, we want to stop everyone from getting parking tickets, and help them to park correctly when they are unsure of the specific parking restrictions in that area. But if you discover a parking ticket has already been issued, there’s still a chance to avoid the dreaded clamp. Your most pressing question now becomes, “How long do they have to wait before towing me away?"

Well, if your vehicle has been very good and has no outstanding penalty charges, you have 30 minutes from the time a ticket is issued before a clamp can be affixed. If it has been just a bit naughty and has fewer than three, you still have half an hour to make a getaway. Three or more? You’d better get a move on; you’ve only got 15 minutes to get out of there.

Obviously, vigilance is in order if you want to prevent a ticket from becoming a tow. Does that mean there’s nothing for it but to keep every stop under thirty minutes? You could try that. Getting a spa treatment? Better make it snappy—no time to relax! Your car could be getting towed away as you lie there inhailing essence of lavender and listening to Mozart with hot stones on your back.

Sort of defeats the purpose, don’t you think? How much better if we could all keep an eye out for tickets flapping in the breeze and let someone know if it’s happened to them. Alerting someone who has received a ticket will only take a few seconds, but it could save that person a great deal of time, anxiety and money. And hopefully someone will do the same for you.

If you receive a warning in time, there’s every chance to move your vehicle before it’s towed. But this requires everyone to get involved in looking out for each other.

When motorists take action, results follow. This can be seen in the success many have in getting their parking tickets overturned. Why not see how many we can prevent in the first place?