Handicapped Driver Disputes Ticket

If a parking meter has a two hour limit--- there are no exceptions.
But an Omaha man tells us he's never had an issue using it for longer-- until now.

Scott Zessin has a longer ride to work from where he used to park.
The handicapped driver says, " Especially when it’s raining or snowing it’s a long ways to go."

City ordinance allows drivers with handicap plates to park at meters for free. Scott says the law doesn't say for how long and he claims in eight years he didn't get a ticket parking all day at two hour meters right across from work. Scott says, " If they're going to enforce it they should give you a warning at least."

Recently Scott found a ticket on his windshield for parking at a meter longer than two hours. City engineer Todd Pfitzer says, " Maybe the way collections were being handled before it was some how being overlooked but what he's doing is illegal.”

Scott believes a new parking contractor for the city is cracking down on handicap parking at meters. Scott says, " I could park there but I’d have to get in my car take my chair apart and move to a different spot hoping there's another spot open."

But the city says the two hour limit for everyone has always been the law. City engineer Todd Pfitzer says, "If that guy comes to work for eight hours and never moves his car, what about other handicapped people that need to park in that area."

Scott appealed the parking ticket to the city prosecutor’s office, but it still stands. That means he owes the sixteen dollar fine.

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