If you are a Massachusetts resident you can help! There is presently a bill pending in the Massachusetts state legislature called House Bill H1576. It is sponsored by Representative Byron Rushing (D-Boston, South End) and Representative Evandro Carvalho (D-Dorchester) and it would send parking ticket appeals to Small Claims Court instead of Superior Court and it would also limit the filing fees for such appeals and it would make the fees refundable if the appellant prevails in court. (Bicycle ticket appeals would also be sent to small claims court.) The bill is presently in the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. The most important step to take is to contact your state representative and/or senator (by phone, email and/or regular mail) and tell them to: (1) support this bill, and (2) contact the members of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary to urge them to report the bill favorably out of that committee. It would also be very helpful if you contacted the members of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary directly (even if your state legislators are not on that committee) and urged them to report the bill favorably out of that committee. Find your state legislators by clicking here.
An easy way to quickly contact your state representative and/or senator is to simply call the main number for the Mass. State House at 617-722-2000. That one number can be used both to find out who your legislators are if you don’t know (just ask the receptionist) and to be transferred to speak to their offices.
A particularly effective tactic is for members of the public to meet with their legislators in person in Boston at the State House. Members of the public who can do this are strongly urged to do so. Just a few people meeting in person with legislators or their aides on this issue could make a very significant difference. One should generally call and make an appointment with the legislators before meeting them in person. (Directions to the State House can be found by clicking here.)
 Currently, M.G.L. c. 85, section 11E and M.G.L. c. 90C, section 3 require that a bicyclist who receives a ticket for a motor vehicle law violation must pay non-refundable filing fees totaling $75 to get a hearing before a judge. H1576 would replace that appeals process with an appeal to small claims court with a smaller and refundable filing fee.