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Posted on: April 29, 2022

[ARCHIVED] 54B District Court to Offer Parking Fee Reduction Program this May

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The East Lansing 54B District Court, 101 Linden Street, will be offering a Parking Fee Reduction Program throughout the month of May.

The Parking Fee Reduction Program provides vehicle owners with unpaid parking tickets an opportunity to resolve their tickets at a 50% reduced rate. The parking tickets must be issued by the City of East Lansing or Michigan State University to participate in the program. Exclusions to the program include current wage assignments, current income tax garnishments and meter violations that are paid by the next business day.

Community members who are interested in participating in the program must contact the Court to process payment. Payments that are made without contacting the Court will not be considered to participate in the program.

Vehicle owners can pay their parking tickets in person at the Court during business hours: Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. Payments can also be made over the phone by calling the Court’s Parking Division at (517) 351-7022.

Background Information
The amount due for unpaid parking tickets can be considerably higher than the original fine because of court costs that are added after the due date.

If a parking ticket is not paid by the due date, it’s the Court’s responsibility to collect the payment and the vehicle owner may be ordered to appear in court to explain why the payment hasn’t been made.

Additionally, if the owner fails to appear in court, a bench warrant is issued for the owner's arrest due to his/her failure to appear in court as ordered. Vehicle owners are then subject to arrest for outstanding bench warrants.

To help the Court close and remove files from its records as well as obtain compliance with its orders, the Court provides vehicle owners an opportunity to pay their tickets at a discounted rate. 

"The Parking Fee Reduction Program gives vehicle owners an incentive to satisfy their obligations to the Court,” said East Lansing 54B District Court Chief Judge Richard Ball.

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