Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
A Reader Catches A DOR Vehicle Parked Illegally
Recently, a reader named Damien sent me this photo, along with a note via e-mail.
I thought you would appreciate this photo.
I was driving down Lincoln Ave, on the northside and saw this Department of Revenue car pull up into this No Parking Zone outside a Starbucks.
Then, 2 ticket dudes (a man and a woman) jump out and start looking for tickets to write at meters along Lincoln Ave.
So, these ticket guys are writing tickets for everyone else, even though they are PARKED ILLEGALLY!!!
Only in Chicago.
Well, I think the hypocrisy of this incident is pretty obvious. Why should the rules for DOR employees, or ANY city employees be different than the rules for us regular citizens?
I grudgingly give cops whom park illegally to grab a bite to eat, or a cup of coffee and a donut, a pass. The difference is that Chicago’s Finest may have to respond to an emergency on a moment’s notice.
But with Parking Enforcement Aides (PEAs) and other DOR employees, it’s seems imperative they must be an example of following the parking laws, they are paid to enforce.
This type of behavior is, of course, against official DOR policy.
“This is sad, that we would violate the very same rules that we enforce,” says PEA Ticketmaster. “The Commissioner has sent down orders, that we are to park legally at all times. Should we be issued a ticket, the person responsible for the vehicle at the time would be held liable and must pay for the ticket.”
Department of Revenue spokesperson Ed Walsh is an agreement with Ticketmaster.
“DOR vehicles are not allowed to park illegally,” explained Walsh via e-mail. “Parking ticket responsibility is passed to the driver/employee of the vehicle…The only exception would be some kind of emergency, but employees who park illegally are also subject to internal discipline measures.”
Ticketmaster goes on to suggest that readers who see DOR vehicles parking illegally to take photos and report them to DOR management.
In a way, I understand why the DOR employee chose to park illegally. They were only going to be a few moments. They probably thought it was no big deal to be parked there for a few moments. And they thought they wouldn’t get caught.
I’m sure nearly everyone has behaved in this way and parked illegally just to pickup our cleaning, get a cup of coffee or run in and out of a store for a few minutes.
The difference is, we can actually get ticketed for what we do.
I’m not confident the same goes for DOR employees.
As the Roman poet Juvenal once said, “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?“
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