Came home today to a ticket on windshield for "IMPROPER LICENSE DISPLAY", violation of 11.72.145.
Yes, tags were expired. Car isn't driven often at all.
That said, MY CAR WAS PARKED IN MY OWN DRIVEWAY. As far as I know, this is private property, and it is not a violation of a Seattle Code to park an unregistered car ON YOUR OWN PROPERTY.
Looked up 11.72.145:
SMC 11.72.145 Expired or improper license plates.
No person shall stop, stand or park any vehicle on any street or alley, or in any garage, parking area or other property operated by the City unless a valid license plate or plates are attached and displayed thereon as require by RCW 46.16A.200 and Section 11.22.080.
It's a $47 ticket, but it seems pretty obvious that my drive is not a "property operated by the City." Do I really have to take off time from work to contest a ticket? Is $47 designed to extort, since they know it's worth more to miss a day of work?
Why would a "parking enforcement officer" walk onto my driveway and ticket it? Wouldn't he know that it was not part of his "public property" to ticket?