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Washington Administrative Code

Title 478 WAC – University of Washington


Chapter 478–116 WAC: Parking and Traffic Rules of the University of Washington, Seattle

WAC 478–116–415: Election to contest immobilization or impoundment.


(1) Submission of petition. A person wishing to contest immobilization or impoundment of his or her motor vehicle or bicycle (hereinafter "petitioner") may do so by completing and submitting an immobilization or impoundment petition (hereinafter "petition") to transportation services within twenty calendar days of the date of the immobilization or impoundment. A person wishing to contest impoundment of his or her skateboard (hereinafter "petitioner") may do so by completing and submitting a petition to UWPD within twenty calendar days of the date of impoundment.

The petitioner must complete each section of the petition form and provide a brief statement regarding circumstances associated with immobilization or impoundment. The citation hearing officer shall review the petition and provide written notification of his or her decision with information about further review within ten calendar days of taking action on the petition. The amount of fine or fees assessed in the initial decision is at the discretion of the citation hearing officer. Any fines or fees owed on an initial decision not contested as provided in subsection (2) of this section shall be paid within twenty-one calendar days after service of the initial decision. If payment is not received within twentyone calendar days, any offer of settlement or reduction is withdrawn, the full amount of the fine and fees shall stand, an additional late fee shall be imposed, and the immobilization or impoundment shall be deemed final.

(2) Review of initial decision. If a petitioner chooses to contest the initial decision issued by the citation hearing officer, the petitioner shall forfeit any reduction to the assessed fines offered in the initial decision. The petitioner must contact the department processing the petition (transportation services or UWPD) orally or in writing within twenty-one calendar days after service of the decision. The request for review shall contain an explanation of the petitioner's position and a statement of reasons why the initial decision on the petition was incorrect. The reviewing officer shall, within twenty calendar days of the date of the request to review the initial decision, render a final written decision which shall include a brief statement of the reasons for the decision, offer of settlement if applicable, and provide information about the opportunity to appeal the decision to district court. The amount of fine or settlement assessed in the final decision is at the discretion of the citation hearing officer. Any final decision of the reviewing officer not appealed as provided in subsection (3) or (4) of this section shall be paid within ten calendar days after service of the decision. If payment is not received within ten calendar days, any offer of settlement or reduction is withdrawn, the full amount of the fine or fee shall stand, an additional late fee shall be imposed, and the citation shall be deemed final.

(3) Discretionary review of initial decision. If the petitioner has not requested a review of the initial decision, the citation hearing officer may, within twenty days after service of the initial decision, conduct a review and issue a final decision on its own motion and without notice to the parties, but it may not take any action on review less favorable to the petitioner than the initial decision without giving the petitioner notice and opportunity to explain his or her view of the matter.

(4) Appeal to district court. The application for appeal to district court shall be in writing and must be filed with the department processing the petition (transportation services or UWPD) within ten calendar days of service of the final decision. The written notice must be submitted on the "Notice of Appeal" form provided by transportation services or UWPD. The Notice of Appeal form will be available at transportation services or UWPD during regular hours of operation. The department processing the petition will forward the documents relating to the appeal to district court. No appeal to the district court may be taken unless the immobilization or impoundment has been contested as provided in subsections (2) and (3) of this section, in addition to this subsection.

(5) Providing an oral statement. A petitioner who requests a review of the initial decision under subsection (2) of this section may request the opportunity to provide an oral statement before the citation hearing officer. A request to make an oral statement must be included in the request for review of the initial decision and must be submitted within ten calendar days of the initial decision. If the request for an oral statement is made, the citation hearing officer shall provide reasonable notice of the time and place for receiving the oral statement, which must occur no later than twenty calendar days after the request for review was submitted. If an oral statement cannot be scheduled within this time frame, the citation hearing officer will review the request as outlined in subsection (2) of this section. If a petitioner chooses to contest the decision issued by the citation hearing officer via appeal to the district court, the petitioner shall forfeit any reduction in the assessed fines offered in the hearing officer's decision.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.10.560 and 28B.20.130. 11-13-058, § 478-116-415, filed 6/14/11, effective 8/8/11.]