Ticket Tidbits: John Kass, Carol Marin, Red Light Cameras, Milwaukee, Champaign & Being Very Sick
Each week or two, The Expired Meter offers up a potpourri of ticket and parking related news to keep you up informed and up to date.
ITEM: John Kass from the Tribune had an interesting take on the parking meter fare hikes in his Sunday column, explaining that ritzy Beverly Hills, California has more affordable parking meter rates than Chicago.
ITEM: Speaking of columns about parking meter problems, we never got a chance to mention Ms. Carol Marin’s first Sun-Times column on the subject and her followup column on the parking meter “boycott”.
Both, according to Ms. Marin, generated more response than anything she had ever written before.
ITEM: Ticketmaster reports in on the broken meter situation and how it’s effecting PEA’s.
“Due to recent problems with the meters, Department of Revenue management has
instructed their PEA’s when they log in a broken meter into their Autocite, they
also have to immediately call it into Revenue Security reporting the meter # and
address,” says Ticketmaster. “the good news for the citizens is that broken meters will get reported sooner, and also it will slow PEA’s down.”
Ticketmaster also reports new policies have slowed down PEA’s ticketing for street cleaning.
“With Street Cleaning tickets, management has instructed us to take a photo of the
car, and a photo of the sign (even if sign is 1/2 block away) (and if at all
possible with car in photo),” continued Ticketmaster. “Talk about time consuming. This will be a very long street cleaning season. The good news is that the tickets will be harder to fight.
The bad news, depending on where the signs are and how many cars are on a block, it
will slow us down.”
Thanks for the great info Ticketmaster!
ITEM: Check out this VERY interesting article on the back end of some area red light camera programs from today’s Chicago Tribune.
ITEM: 47th Ward Alderman Gene Schulter has introduced a change to the ordinance regarding B Truck Plates. Now, if you get a permit, you can park your pickup truck with “B” plates in the 47th ward without being ticketed.
In general, it’s illegal to park a truck, even if it’s just a small pickup truck, with “B” Plates on a Chicago residential street.
9-64-170(a)…Park Truck, RV (22 feet or larger), Self-Contained Motor Home, Bus, Taxi or Livery Vehicle on Residential Street. Pickup Trucks and Vans are exempted in Wards: 1,9,10,12,13,14,15,16,18,19, 21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30,32,33,35,37,40,42,43,46,49 and 50 IF the appropriate permit is displayed.
Thanks to Ald. Schulter, you can add the 47th Ward to the above list.
ITEM: Our neighboring city to the north, Milwaukee, Wisconsin has also seen some parking meter rate increases recently. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Jim Stingl had some interesting insights into the increases in a recent column and it sounds very familiar to what frustrated people down in Chicago are saying.
ITEM: Despite protests from local downtown businesses, the Champaign city council has decided not to reverse the recent parking meter increases.
ITEM: The Parking Ticket Geek has been ill. Very ill.
I picked up some bug from my kids and was literally on my butt for over 10 days now. One of those days, I wound up in the ER at a local hospital after passing out at a local medical clinic. If anyone has ever wondered if riding in an ambulance is fun, let me tell you, it is definitely NOT!
So, to say the least, the Geek is VERY behind. Not only keeping up with postings but in responding to e-mails. Please accept my apologies and I ask you all to be patient with me as I try to catch up now that I’m starting to finally feel better.
Thanks for everyone’s patience.