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C-8 Parking and Traffic Appeals Panel

The panel started this year with a backlog of appeals from the previous year. Once that was cleared, we began doing current business. The first step was the creation of a mailing list to provide a forum for panel members to discuss some of the appeals without the need of a meeting. We then broke the panel into subpanels of seven to eight members in order to expedite the appeals process. Furthermore, a private Web site was created in order to provide members with a faster means of examining the appeals and submitting their feedback. That process has proven very efficient. Once an appeal is received from parking and traffic, the file is uploaded to the Web for panel members to read. Panelists then submit their feedback via a Web form. On the other hand, whenever a personal appeal is requested, the panel schedules a meeting with the appellants. We have averaged three personal appeals every other month.

Through the end of May 2002, the panel had reviewed 216 appeals, including several personal appearances. We are still working in the summer. The number of appeals has increased tremendously. The problems addressed by the previous panel chairs remain. Several of the cases are basically a disagreement between the ticketing officer and the appellant. Even when the officers write notes in the tickets, those notes are not always accurate. We have had a few cases of clear errors by the ticketing officers.

The panel feels that more training is needed for the ticketing officers. We also feel that some policies should be developed in conjunction with the Parking and Traffic Policy Committee as to how these appeals can be properly addressed. A system of identifying precisely what spot a vehicle was occupying also seems to be needed. It might not be financially feasible to number every parking spot on campus, but many times a ticketing officer says a car is parked in a given spot, whereas the appellant says the vehicle was in another location. The confusion and addition of new parking signs with no clear warning about those changes has tremendously contributed to the increase in the number of tickets. Large signs at each campus entrance should be placed alerting people that there is no free parking on campus. As a final note, I personally would like to see more participation from panel members. A few people requested to be removed from the panel right at the start because they stated they had not volunteered for the job.

  Egidio Leitao, chair

This document was posted on the Faculty Council Web site, www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/ on July 29, 2002. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.

  Last updated:July 29, 2002
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