Reading PennsylvaniaCity of Reading, Pennsylvania

Violation Appeal Process

How to Appeal a Parking Violation:

As of 2016, parking tickets issued in Reading are a civil offense. Tickets are not processed by or in any way affiliated with the courts or criminal justice system.

City of Reading parking ordinance establishes an administrative appeal process for constituents who believe their parking violation was issued in error.

Submitting an Appeal

  1. Constituents must submit their appeal online at www.readingparking.com. Constituents have the opportunity to submit supporting documentation at the time they file their appeal.

  2. Appeals must be submitted to Reading Parking Authority within 30 calendar days of the violation date. Appeals will not be accepted if submitted more than 30 days from the violation date.

  3. To avoid penalty fees, appeals must be submitted within 10 days (240 hours) of the violation date. If day ten falls on a day the Reading Parking Authority is closed, the deadline is the next business day.

  4. Each violation must be appealed individually. An appeal is valid only for the violation number entered at the beginning of the online appeal process.

Once Reading Parking Authority receives an appeal request, the process consists of two steps taken in sequence:

  • Administrative review

  • Administrative hearing

Step One: Administrative Review

 

  1. After the appeal is entered into the system, the Parking Enforcement Officer (PEO) Supervisor will review the disputed ticket. The PEO Supervisor will either grant or deny the appeal. This decision is subject to review and revision by the Director of Operations.

  2. If the appeal is granted, the PEO Supervisor will dismiss the ticket. A letter stating the appeal has been granted and the ticket has been dismissed will be mailed to the physical address entered during the appeal request.

 

NOTE: During the review process, it is possible the constituent may receive an automaticallygenerated notice of payment due delivered via USPS. The letter typically states the constituent should disregard the notice if the ticket has been appealed.

Appeals must be submitted to Reading Parking Authority within 30 calendar days of the violation date. Appeals will not be accepted if submitted more than 30 days from the violation date.

Step Two: Administrative Hearing

 

  1. If the appeal is denied, the constituent will be scheduled for an in-person hearing at the RPA office with an Independent Hearing Officer to review the appeal again.

  2. On the day of the hearing, constituents must post a bond payment in the amount due for the parking violation at the time the appeal was filed plus a $5.00 administrative fee. The payment must be made via cash or credit card. Checks and money orders are not accepted.

  3. During the hearing, the Hearing Officer will review the facts of the appeal with the constituent and determine whether to grant or deny the appeal.

  4. If the Hearing Officer grants the appeal, the constituent is reimbursed for the ticket plus the $5.00 administrative fee via check within 7 to 10 business days. The check will be mailed to the physical address entered during the appeal request.

  5. If the appeal is denied, the constituent receives written information regarding his/her right to appeal the denial of his/her appeal to the Berks County Court of Common Pleas within 30 days of the Independent Hearing Officer’s determination. (Berks County Court of Common Pleas; 633 Court Street; Reading, PA, 19601)

Any and all costs associated with the filing of an appeal in the Berks County Court of Common Pleas shall be the responsibility of the person or entity filing said appeal. If the Berks County Court of Common Pleas denies the appeal, the owner shall thereafter from the date of judgment is entered be assessed interest, costs and penalties as may be set forth pursuant to the schedule of fees of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Reading.

  Click Here to File an Appeal

The following are not reasons for an appeal:

– Lack of knowledge of the City’s parking regulations.
– Appointment conflicts or tardiness going or returning from appointments.
– Inability to find a legal parking space.
– Failure to have appropriate or sufficient amount of coins.
– Broken or malfunctioning parking meter.