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Up to $5 million sent back to motorists after city blunder

REFUNDS begin today in Seattle for approximately 100,000 people who paid parking fines between September 1, 2021 and April 5, 2022.

Another 100,000 drivers who received immobile parking tickets during this time will have their tickets voided.

Parking attendant issuing a non-driving parking ticket

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Parking attendant issuing a non-driving parking ticketPhoto credit: Getty

This wave of ticket cancellations is due to oversight by the Seattle Police Department and Chief Adrian Diaz.

Diaz failed to properly hire park supervisors after being transferred from the department, Capitol Hill Seattle reports.

The transfers came as the Seattle City Council worked to downsize the city’s police force.

You can see if you’re eligible for a ticket refund or cancellation by looking up your license plate number and reference number on the City of Seattle’s website.

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Seattle will email notifications of the refund situation – further increasing the cost of the cure.

Those ticket refunds and cancellations will cost the city $4.5 million to $5 million, reports Seattle-based television network KING-TV.

If you paid by credit or debit card or ACH wire transfer through the City Court’s website or automated phone system, Seattle’s website will charge your payment back to the payment card or account.

Most cash, check, or money order refunds will be forwarded to the registered owner of the ticketed vehicle.

Seattle drivers who received a traffic camera ticket between September 1, 2021 and April 5, 2022 are exempt from ticket cancellation or refund.

You cannot receive a refund in person.

The city will begin raising on-street parking rates in Capitol Hill and the rest of the area after months of pandemic restrictions, Capitol Hill Seattle reports.

Breathe a sigh of relief if you received a parking ticket for Seattle from September 1, 2021 to April 5, 2022

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Breathe a sigh of relief if you received a parking ticket for Seattle from September 1, 2021 to April 5, 2022Photo credit: Getty

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Chris Barrese

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