Stubs in the window
It says on the envelope "To Validate, complete the following..." and it says on the receipt "..and display on vehicle dashboard clearly visible from the outside this side up..." Although we can give tickets for receipts that are "invalid" - one that is upside down or has no dates on it, most of the time we give warnings.
We are more likely to give tickets if we don't see a stub at all. And the ticket money does NOT go to our office, therefore it won't pay for a pump, so we're far more motivated to get you to drop money in the slot than give you a ticket. If we've given warnings, we may get the warning with the money in the slot later.... or we'll get the warning with the receipt to show the person had paid, but either they messed up on the display part or we messed up looking for it.
We know that cars can lose receipts when shuttled so sometimes we check for the matching envelope in the drop slot with your license plate on it (that's why it's important to fill everything out). Since about one out of every four cars does not completely comply, that's a lot of work for ALL the cars we see without stubs or no dates on the receipt stub. I'll be honest... I don't have time to do this every day.
Moral of the story: Do your best to do it all correctly. Fill out the envelope with your car and group information and fill out the receipt with dates and think about how it's displayed before you get out of the car. We could write a lot more tickets than we do, so you kind of take your chances if you disregard the validation procedures. If you feel like you've been ticketed unfairly, you might call the office ASAP. We do our best, but we are human.
p.s. I appreciate the nice comments from some of you... I really try to do this job fairly every day.
Rec Asst, BLM Kremmling
tparvin at blm.gov