Booting Up 13%, Parking Tickets Up 8%! F%@#*! Motorist Aggravation Up 200%

Boot Van Fleet

This is like my worst nightmare come true.

I mean, c’mon when did “The City That Works,” actually become the city that works?


It all started with the addition of those 26 new LPR (License Plate Recognition) camera vans back in January.

Dept. of Revenue Press Release: Cameras Installed On 26 Boot Vans

Those damn camera vans can scan as many as 900 plates per hour, using two cameras to scan both sides of the street for cars with boot eligible plates. Before this technology, the best that could be done manually was about 100 plates per hour.

Originally, the Dept. of Revenue estimated a 4% increase in booting. But the city has surpassed that getting a nearly 13% bump in the first quarter of this year, booting 13,152 vehicles compared to 11,633 a year ago. That’s a 1519 boot increase for the first quarter, or about an additional 500 per month, which breaks down to an increase of 23 boots per business day.

Also, if you feel you’ve been receiving more tickets recently, or seen more tickets on cars recently, it’s not your imagination or an overwhelming feeling of paranoia.

It’s because, in addition to that, because the van freed up Dept. of Revenue personnel, 17 people were re-deployed into writing tickets which accounted for a 7.8% increase in parking violations with a first quarter increase of nearly 12,000 tickets. Again, that breaks down to an additional 4000 tickets a month, and an additional 1000 tickets per week.

Talk about making your quota. DAMN!

Boot Van

These camera equipped booting vans are like the four horseman of the apocalypse.

Good God! What has God wrought?!?!

Parking cops on booting binge

Cameras are big help in ID’ing scofflaws

FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter

At least 1,500 more parking ticket scofflaws and red-light runners have had their vehicles booted — and 12,000 more Chicago parking tickets have been written — in the first three months of a $1.5 million technology upgrade.

In January, 26 city vans were equipped with high-tech cameras, computers and software capable of scanning 900 license plates per hour and checking them against the list of boot-eligible motorists with three or more unpaid parking or red-light tickets.

Until then, boot crews were hampered in the hunt for scofflaws by the need to manually enter license plates into hand-held computers.

City Hall was projecting a 4 percent increase in the number of boots applied. Instead, the increase has been more than three times that.

From Jan. 1 through March 31, 13,152 vehicles were booted, a 13 percent increase from the 11,633 boots applied during the same period a year ago.

And that’s not the only hammer dropping on scofflaws.

The number of tickets written by parking enforcement aides during the first quarter of this year is up 7.8 percent — from 152,000 in 2005 to 164,000 during the same period this year.

That’s largely because 17 parking enforcement aides formerly assigned to boot crews were reassigned to write tickets once the camera-equipped vans hit the streets.

Parking tickets are a huge money maker for the city, generating $165 million in annual revenue.

From that standpoint, it’s a good thing parking enforcement is picking up the ticket-writing pace. Chicago Police are writing fewer tickets — 399,530 through March 31, down 10 percent from the 445,215 they wrote last year — because they’re more concerned about fighting crime.

4 Responses to Booting Up 13%, Parking Tickets Up 8%! F%@#*! Motorist Aggravation Up 200%

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