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    Default Can a Passenger Get Ticket for Unattended Vehicle

    My question involves a parking ticket from the state of: Maryland

    Hello,

    We were dropping off family member at the airport. She had many heavy luggages and a baby so needed help getting inside. We all carried things inside as it was cold and I returned to find a police officer standing next to the car. I tried to explain the situation but he coldly stopped me asking for my license then he stepped away calling it in. My husband who was the driver and owner of the car came too and the officer handed a $50 ticket, with my license information in it, while telling my husband that I left the car unattended. I know it’s only $50 and I can pay and forget it but the cold and chauvinistic behavior of the officer revolt me. Does the fact that I was not the driver of the vehicle enough to fight it?

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    the cold and chauvinistic behavior of the officer revolt me.
    His behavior is because he hears the same excuses all day every day.

    Quote Quoting BelleLife
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    Does the fact that I was not the driver of the vehicle enough to fight it?
    No.

    Somebody should have stayed with the vehicle.

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    Default Re: Can a Passenger Get Ticket for Unattended Vehicle

    What was chauvinistic about giving you a ticket?

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    Default Re: Can a Passenger Get Ticket for Unattended Vehicle

    Actually, it would have been chauvinistic to not give her the ticket. As in, wait for the man that obviously is in charge.

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    Default Re: Can a Passenger Get Ticket for Unattended Vehicle

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    Does the fact that I was not the driver of the vehicle enough to fight it?
    One way of the other, the vehicle was illegally parked, so what would be the point of fighting it?

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    Default Re: Can a Passenger Get Ticket for Unattended Vehicle

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    Actually, it would have been chauvinistic to not give her the ticket. As in, wait for the man that obviously is in charge.
    Obviously. Apparently he did not realize that I was with that man until he showed up.

    Quote Quoting adjusterjack
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    His behavior is because he hears the same excuses all day every day.



    No.

    Somebody should have stayed with the vehicle.
    Thank you for your input

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    What was chauvinistic about giving you a ticket?
    It may not have been clear, the chauvinism was not giving me the ticket but the change in attitude and treatment once the “man” got there, addressing/ “reporting” me to him when he would not allow me to say a word.

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    One way of the other, the vehicle was illegally parked, so what would be the point of fighting it?
    I am mostly wondering if a passenger can be liable for an unattended vehicle. Surprisingly google came up with nothing 😊

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    Default Re: Can a Passenger Get Ticket for Unattended Vehicle

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    I am mostly wondering if a passenger can be liable for an unattended vehicle.
    Generally speaking, parking tickets are the liability of the registered owner.

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    Default Re: Can a Passenger Get Ticket for Unattended Vehicle

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    I am mostly wondering if a passenger can be liable for an unattended vehicle.
    You could have easily been the driver just making up a story. The officer has no way of knowing. The first one back to the unattended vehicle is fair game.

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    Generally speaking, parking tickets are the liability of the registered owner.
    Or the operator, if the operator gets caught with the car.

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    Default Re: Can a Passenger Get Ticket for Unattended Vehicle

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    Generally speaking, parking tickets are the liability of the registered owner.
    Oh really? "Generally speaking." When are parking tickets written to a person and not a vehicle?

    Belle, it is highly unlikely the citation was written to you. It was likely written to the vehicle. Example: If you loaned your car to a friend and they got a parking ticket at the airport, you would get the citation in the mail and you would be on the hook for it (unless there is something different about parking tickets at airports).

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    Default Re: Can a Passenger Get Ticket for Unattended Vehicle

    When you arrived at the vehicle alone, did you have keys to it and/or open the door?

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