Parking Ticket 101: Move Your Car Weekly
I know a lot of you folks like to find that perfect parking spot in front of our apartment or home, and then leave your car there for days on end.
Perhaps you take public transportation to work and don’t need to drive during the week or you have another car you drive more often.
The problem is during the winter, it’s much easier for cops or PEAs or Streets & Sanitation workers, or nosy neighbors whom make it a hobby of complaining to their alderman’s office, to spot that car that has not been moved for seven days.
That’s because it’s the only snow covered car on the block!
And this is like an open invitation for getting a ticket.
You see, according to the municipal code:
9-80-110 Abandoned vehicles.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to abandon any motor vehicle on any public way within the city. A vehicle shall be deemed to have been abandoned if it (a) is in such a state of disrepair as to be incapable of being driven in its present condition or (b) has not been moved or used for more than seven consecutive days and is apparently deserted or…Each day a vehicle remains abandoned shall constitute a separate and distinct offense for which a separate penalty may be imposed.
In other words, you need to move your car at least once every seven days. If not, you can be ticketed.
This ticket will set you back $75 bucks.
Then, the cop, or more likely Streets & Sanitation, will slap a bright orange decal on the driver’s window giving you a date by which you have to move your car. If not, your vehicle is taking a nice ride, hooked to the back of a tow truck down to one of Chicago’s lovely and romantic auto pounds.
The ransom to get your car back is $160 plus whatever extra fees may have incurred before you retrieve it.
You can get a ticket for each day your car has not been moved past the seventh day. So you can rack up a lot of tickets pretty quickly if you don’t act fast.
The simple solution is either move your car every seven days or, if you are truly lazy and pathetic, at least clear the snow off your car so it at least LOOKS like it was driven within the last week.
Just doing this will save you potentially huge headaches and from burning a hole in your wallet.