Friendly Reminders From A Parking Enforcement Aide
Parking Enforcement Aides (PEAs) are the city employees who tirelessly patrol the streets of Chicago, writing out those bright orange tickets we all love to hate.
But today, we have long time contributor and a great friend to the website, PEA Ticketmaster, with some seriously great, timely reminders and advice for readers on how to avoid getting a parking ticket.
So, I cannot stress this enough, if Ticketmaster says something, LISTEN UP!!!
Hello PTG and Everyone,
Just wanted to offer some friendly reminders to your readers:
1. Tuesday is June 30th, that means on Wednesday July 1st we will be ticketing vehicles with license plates with June 2009 expiration dates. There is no “15 day grace period” on license plates (like there is with city stickers).
2. July 15th (the last day of the city sticker grace period) is coming real fast, so make sure to get purchase your city sticker and residential permits by that date.
3. If you have any of the orange visitor passes left, throw a party, have some friends come over, because on July 16th they will expire, and only the new blue ones will be honored.
Basically: Use them or lose them.
4. Remember, your city sticker actually has to be affixed to your window. Placing your sticker on a plastic sheet or encasing in some sort of shield, tape, casing and attaching it to the windshield does not count, and you can be ticketed.
5. Most important of all: If you have purchased your sticker, please actually put it on. It does no good sitting in your wallet, purse, glove box, on the night stand, or wherever you choose to keep it.
On July 16th, if we don’t see that sticker affixed to the window, we will ticket your vehicle and the ticket will include photos of the violation. You then get to have the honor of explaining to a hearing officer, if you purchased the sticker, why you didn’t put it on the windshield.
Thanks to Ticketmaster for the head’s up. GREAT advice!
If you still need to renew your Illinois license plates by the end of the month, either hit a Secretary of State location or run into your neighborhood Currency Exchange. It will cost an extra $5 or so at the Currency Exchange, but it may be worth it.
If you still need to get your city sticker, you still have time to purchase it online and get it mailed to you before the end of the July 15th grace period. Or if you enjoy pain, you can wait in line for hours at a city payment facility to get your city sticker.
If you want your city sticker right away, with little or no waiting, again checkout your local Currency Exchange.