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Salt Lake City speaks up about parking kiosk lawsuit

The city of Salt Lake is now talking about a lawsuit filed against them over parking tickets and an outdated city code.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - The City of Salt Lake is now talking about a lawsuit filed against them over parking tickets and an outdated city code.

Two weeks ago Salt Lake City wouldn't even talk to Good 4 Utah on camera about the lawsuit filed because they hadn't even been served with the legal documents. However, they now say they have the papers and are taking appropriate action.

“Our city attorney's office has received that filing and is in the review process,” said Salt Lake City spokesman Art Raymond.  That class action lawsuit was filed by attorney's representing three Salt Lake City residents. They claim, the city issued hundreds of thousands of illegal parking tickets collecting millions of dollars in unjust fines and fees.

The root of the problem is the new parking stations that replaced the old meters in 2011 & 2012.

“The city has focused for those two years over and over on passing laws that raise more revenue but what they forgot to do is pass a law that makes these pay stations legal,” said Shane Johnson one of the attorneys behind the lawsuit.

Johnson says, his clients have paid the city anywhere from $105 to nearly $1,500 in parking violations and the city should pay them back! He says council members have known the code is outdated since April of 2012. “I can confirm that document is a transmittal we made in 2012 but after that it's a function of our city's legislative branch,” said Raymond.

The city tells Good 4 Utah they really can't discuss pending litigation. “I can tell you no policy changes will be enacted if any are required after the completion of this process,” said Raymond. As far as tickets still being issued, Raymond says “Yes, our parking enforcement system is moving on under the same guidance as it has before.”

So for now, city code remains the same and the lawsuit is in the hands of the city attorney's office. “That's their job and we'll wait until they've completed that process. When we know, everyone will know what the next appropriate action is,” said Raymond.

The question remains will the money will be given back? That's what the plaintiff’s in this case are hoping for. However, whether or not this will make it all the way to court, that's still to be determined.

 

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