The verdict: Zürcher goes to federal court for parking the buses – and he’s right

The verdict: Zürcher goes to federal court for parking the buses – and he’s right

Posted on10. June 2022, 16:52

For over two years, a driver from Zurich struggled with a parking ticket of 40 francs. Now the canton has to pay him legal and legal costs.

1/5The driver from Zurich successfully defended himself against a parking ticket of 40 francs.  (icon photo)

The driver from Zurich successfully defended himself against a parking ticket of 40 francs. (icon photo)

20 minutes / Marco ZanggerThe man objected on the same day and presented a valid parking ticket.

The man objected on the same day and presented a valid parking ticket.

20 min / Taddeo CerlettiNevertheless, the man received warnings and criminal proceedings were initiated against him.  Then he turned to a lawyer.  (icon photo)

Nevertheless, the man received warnings and criminal proceedings were initiated against him. Then he turned to a lawyer. (icon photo)

20min / Sonja Mulitze

The driver from Zurich successfully defended himself against a parking ticket of 40 francs. To do this, however, he had to go to a federal court and hire a lawyer.

The original incident happened in March 2020. There, the bus got stuck under the windshield wiper due to the lack of a parking ticket. But the man bought a parking ticket. On the same day, the man submitted a written objection to the fines, as reported by Züritoday, citing the SDA news agency, and attached a valid ticket. Perhaps the parking ticket was not visible due to the heavy rain on that day, he also argued.

Nevertheless, the city police sent the man several reminders, and eleven months later he even received a sentence order. It was only when the man brought in the lawyer who had lodged a professional objection that the criminal proceedings were discontinued.

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The man finally received his payment. But: who has to pay the legal fees incurred? The Zurich High Court initially ruled that the man himself had to pay for a lawyer because it was a “minor violation” and “an uncomplicated matter.”

Now even a federal court took the case and finally ruled in favor of the man. The “legal consultation” was appropriate after the man had previously unsuccessfully taken action against the fine and reprimand. The case is now being brought back to the Supreme Court, which must decide on the amount of compensation due to the man. The Canton of Zurich must also “adequately compensate” the proceedings in the federal court.

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