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Parking Ticket ‘Special Treatment'

The NBC4 I-Team exposes how officers ticket you, but give a free pass to government workers doing personal errands

If you park at an expired meter or in a red zone to run into Starbucks, chances are you'll get a ticket.

The NBC4 I-Team has uncovered a double standard by LA’s parking enforcement officers: they’ll ticket you, but they don’t ticket government workers who park illegally to do personal business -- even though they’re supposed to.

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"Government vehicles are not allowed to park in red zones...or 'no parking' zones...while getting lunch or coffee," or while handling personal errands, LA’s Department of Transportation told NBC4. But the I-Team observed workers from at least 15 government agencies routinely parking illegally and not getting ticketed.

That’s because LADOT Parking Enforcement Officers tell the I-Team they’ve been told to look the other way when the lawbreakers are government officials or workers.

"We cannot cite them, under instructions," Officer Jorge Pavon told the I-Team. 

LADOT officials did not respond to the I-Team's request for an interview about this apparent double standard for government workers.

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