Chicago Parking Meters Debut New, Motorcycle Friendly Receipts
The pay boxes are not printing out on the lightweight thermofax paper receipts anymore, but instead are spitting out new adhesive backed meter receipts just in time for the motorcycle/scooter season.
The pay boxes, when they were first rolled out, did have adhesive backed receipts that allowed for motorcycle and scooter riders to affix the receipt to their headlamps to prove they paid for parking.
The original adhesive receipts were short lived but were replaced with lower cost thermofax paper.
This paper worked just fine for car drivers who just place the receipt inside their car on the dashboard. But drivers of two-wheeled vehicles had to either bring their own tape along to stick them on their headlamp or hope the little clear pouch on the side of the paybox had adhesive strips to do the job.
It was a move that annoyed and frustrated many city motorcycle and scooter riders.
But these new receipts seem to be a welcome change for these drivers.
“Since they began filling the boxes we have been out in various locations and have been able to find them,” said Patrick Jones, President of Chicago ABATE, who worked with Chicago Parking Meters to test the new receipts. “I personally have been using them and they feel thinner (that’s) what we expected and the adhesive seems to last even through the rain we encountered. They peeled off easily and we were just talking about them on the TV show last night.”
Jones hosts a local cable TV show covering motorcycle issues on CAN TV channel 21 Tuesdays at 8:00pm.
I haven’t seen them yet but I’m finally glad they did something,” said motorcycle rider Jon Heimann. “I used to just take my receipt with me and if I got a ticket I would have to fight it. Whenever I walk by a pay box I look to see if the stickers were there and there never were any. Now that motorcycle season is back I’ll be sure to look for the new receipts.
Bryan Bedell, the proprieter of the scooter oriented website Two Stroke Buzz hasn’t come across the new receipts either.
“I’d have to see it, hopefully it’s adequately sticky to not be blown away, but not so sticky as to leave marks or be hard to remove,” explains Bedell. “That said, it still bugs me that if someone comes along in a car and steals my receipt and puts it in his dashboard, it’s MY burden to defend the ticket.”
But Ed Walsh spokesperson for the Dept. of Revenue says the receipts come with built in theft deterrent.
“I would like to remind motorcycle and scooter owners that ordinance allows them to write their license plate number in the space provided on the receipt,” explains Walsh. “Doing so provides a disincentive to theft. Any vehicle displaying a pay box receipt with a license plate number other than the one displayed on the vehicle can be ticketed.”