You May Now Legally Question the PPA

Score one for the little guy (that’s you): Judge Leon Tucker has recently decreed that you are, indeed, allowed to cross-examine your nemesis PPA agent in court.

The change comes after local hero and Fairmount resident Jim Pavlock unsuccessfully contested a few tickets at the Bureau of Administrative Adjudication (BAA) and then decided to take the matter to court. City Paper reports that when Pavlock asked to cross-examine the officer who ticketed him, he was informed that that pretty much never happens.

Pavlock argued that this practice kind of flies in the face of Pennsylvania’s Administrative Agency Law- which, it turns out, is a real thing- and Judge Tucker agreed.

While the presence of PPA agents will be decided on a case by case basis by the BAA Hearing Examiner, all PPA agents must now provide further detail as to where you car was parked when it was ticketed, because merely jotting the down the block, as Pavlock argued, doesn’t really leave enough room for your totally founded counter argument and Instagram documentation.

So, thank you, Mr. Pavlock; the entire driving population of Philadelphia now owes you a beer.

Source: City Paper | Photo: Dragon Ball Yee

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  • EVERYONE

    Jim Pavlock IS A HERO!

  • Jim19130

    Almost right, Chris.   The hearing examiner said they “never” bring in the ticket writers!   udge Tucker said now that the BAA has to institute procedures to afford CITIZENS the right, with advance notice, to demand that the ticket writer appear.  It’s no longer in the discretion of the hearing examiner.   

    The solitation for city-wide beers was very nice, though. 

    Jim 

  • precious

    Kudos to Jim. PPAhas got to be one of the worst when it comes to writing tickets fairly. My sister was in hospice and I had to park on south Street. I ran back and forth to feed the meter because it only gave me two hours at a time. I talked to the PPA guy, informed him where I was, told him I would be coming back and forth to feed the meter and pointed out my car to him. After the forth time of feeding the meter I had to wait for the elevator. I took the steps because it was taking so long. I got to my car 2 minutes after the meter had run out, I’m not kidding two minutes and had a ticket. This guy had the nerve to stand in my face, apologize and say he forgot. those people are terrible.

  • precious

    Kudos to Jim. PPAhas got to be one of the worst when it comes to writing tickets fairly. My sister was in hospice and I had to park on south Street. I ran back and forth to feed the meter because it only gave me two hours at a time. I talked to the PPA guy, informed him where I was, told him I would be coming back and forth to feed the meter and pointed out my car to him. After the forth time of feeding the meter I had to wait for the elevator. I took the steps because it was taking so long. I got to my car 2 minutes after the meter had run out, I’m not kidding two minutes and had a ticket. This guy had the nerve to stand in my face, apologize and say he forgot. those people are terrible.

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