A man who might not be able to renew his car registration in October because of fines he's being assessed for parking at the Campello station sued the MBTA, LAZ and the collection agency the T is using this week, charging he and many other riders are being unfairly charged penalties even though they actually made the daily payment for parking.
In his suit, filed in US District Court, Richard Meyer says he and large numbers of other riders are being targeted in a revenue-enhancement scheme by a system that can offer no proof of when the alleged violations took place or even of the tickets that were allegedly issued to the drivers for failing to make payments in the honor boxes that still stand at commuter-rail parking lots.
Meyer said he and other riders who missed a payment when rushing for a train were never given receipts for paying fines - initially $1 per day, now $20 per day - in cash at the stations.
Meyer is seeking to be made lead plaintiff in a class-action suit and is asking for the T's collection agency to stop pestering riders unless they can show proof and to rescind the holds on people's car registrations based on the fines - and penalties on top of those fines.
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