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 the administrative appeal process below 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 or notice date. Appeals will not be accepted if submitted more than 30 days from the violation or notice date. NOTE: Tickets must be paid or appealed within 30 days to avoid late fees.

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

A NOTE ABOUT LATE FEES: Throughout the entire appeal process, the amount due remains the same as it was when the appeal was filed. The system automatically applies late fees while a ticket is in dispute status, but vehicle owners are not responsible for any late fees assessed while a ticket is being appealed. Fees assessed during the appeal period will be removed if the ticket needs to be paid at a later date either because the hearing officer upholds the ticket as valid or the driver decides to withdrawal their appeal. 

After an Appeal is Submitted

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

  1. Administrative review

  2. Administrative hearing (if necessary)

Step One: Administrative Review

 

  1. After the appeal is entered into the system, a Parking Enforcement Officer (PEO) supervisor will review the disputed ticket. The 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 an automatically-generated notice stating payment is due may be mailed to the constituent. 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 or notice 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. During the hearing, the Independent Hearing Officer will review the facts of the appeal with the constituent and determine whether to grant or deny the appeal.

  3. If the appeal is granted, there is nothing further the constituent needs to do. They will receive a receipt stating the ticket has been dismissed.

    If the appeal is denied, the constituent is responsible for paying the ticket. They may pay the ticket before leaving or anytime within 30 days of the hearing date. If the ticket is not paid within 30 days, late fees will begin to accrue.

     

 

Appeal with the Berks County Court of Common Pleas

If the appeal is denied by the Independent Hearing Officer, the constituent receives written information regarding their right to appeal the denial 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.

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.