Ask The Parking Ticket Geek
Last night when going out with my girlfriend we left her car parked and fed the parking meter but we overstayed for 6 mins (paid until 8:48pm, ticketed at 8:54….9:00 p.m the time you don’t have to feed a meter anymore on that area).
She got a $50.00 ticket and she was really upset, we read the 5-minute grace period note at the bottom of the ticket but we are thinking that it will not apply (as it was a 6 min overstay).
1) Do we call the 312 number listed on the ticket and try to negotiate with whoever answers for a 6 minutes grace instead of 5?
2) Do we pay it ?
3) Do we not pay it and see what happens? She never gets tickets but I’m a bit hesitant recommending her not to pay it as I’ve heard horror stories about the yellow boot in the city. Do you think that she can get a yellow-boot if she does not pay this ticket?
4) Do we contest it? (the ticket was issued correctly so I’m not sure if we have a shot)
Thanks for your response Geek,
1 minute Carlos?
You’re killing me here.
Personally, I think your friend is screwed here.
I would try contesting by mail and invoking the 5-minute grace period defense and claiming she was within the five minutes. Maybe, if you’re friend gets lucky, the person looking over the mail will have flunked grade school math and will just shrug and give her a pass.
This is a longshot, but what the hell? It’s worth a try.
If this doesn’t work, I would not recommend blowing off paying the ticket. Otherwise, the fine will double to $100.
Honestly, I would prefer to pay $50 than $100.
However, if she unwisely decides not to pay it, she can’t get booted for a single unpaid ticket. The boot threshold is two unpaid tickets more than a year old or three unpaid tickets in Final Determination status to be booted immediately.
I just got one of the “Park/Blocking the alley” today while unloading a table I had just bought for 5 minutes.
You think its better to contest these in person or through mail? I have evidence using emails and cell phone logs that I actually got the table around that time, but how can I prove to them that I was there for 5 minutes?
Just wondering from your experience which method of contesting something like this is better. I have been screwed contesting in the mail before….so kinda wary of that.
I vote for in-person hearing on this one Johnny.
If you can, see if you can find your receipt for the table you purchased to use as evidence you were doing what you say you were doing.
Also, is there someone who lives at your apartment or who was with you that can write a letter backing up your claim? Have them get it notarized for best results.
Cite the municipal code which allows for the expeditious loading and unloading of people or goods.
The main part of your defense is your own testimony. Just be sincere but firm. Explain what you were doing and provide any and all evidence/documentation you can.
You should win.
I just received a parking meter expired ticket in the mail and I know 100% that I paid and displayed the receipt in my front window and that it was not expired.
The problem is that I threw away the receipt and now I have no proof to show. Is there anyway that I can get out of this ticket???
I am really hoping you paid for that parking meter time with a credit card.
Because if you did, you can locate the payment on a credit card statement and perhaps give Chicago Parking Meters a call to see if they can look up your receipt details.
If you can get the details, then you have objective proof that you paid and beating the ticket should be a cinch.
But, even if CPM won’t or can’t get you that info via your credit card statement, I bet your credit card company can get you the exact time of the transaction. Using the time of the transaction and the amount you paid, you should be able to figure out the time you were allowed to park.
Again, with this type of proof, you should be able to win.
Now, if you paid for your time in quarters, you are probably out of luck on this one.
I would still fight it, tell the hearing officer you didn’t get the original ticket and therefore didn’t keep your meter receipt. Just be adamant in your testimony. Your chances of prevailing are poor, but it’s worth a try.
In my opinion, one of the advantages of the new pay boxes is the ability to pay by credit card and therefore provide impartial documentation of payment in situations like this.
It’s kind of like an insurance policy.
If you’re paranoid like me, when I have to pay for street parking, I use my credit card for any stays over 15 or 20 minutes.
Good luck A.
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