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Parking Ticket in a Mall Parking Lot

I was issued a parking ticket by the City of Peabody Police Dept in the North Shore mall parking lot. I looked up the City Assessor's website and it shows that the mall is privately owned, including the parking lot where I parked. Can the police issue a parking ticket on private property?

In addition the ticket is for parking in a fire lane. I was actually parked at the end of a row of cars, with no markings at all indicating this was a fire lane or no parking zone. Would this be a valid reason for appealing the ticket?

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Under Massachusetts law, motor vehicle traffic and parking laws apply to any private property that is open to the public, such as malls and office parks.  So, yes, the police can issue tickets for violations on private property.  However, you can appeal a traffic or parking ticket.  That article discusses strategies for appealing your ticket.  Good luck.

Submitted Tue, 03/06/2012 - 18:20

Privately owned parking lots are considered public ways, as they allow members of the general public to have access as "invitees."

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