City Temporarily Halts Parking Ticket Enforcement

Sources: All Parking Enforcement Stopped Until Monday

Boot vans sit idle Friday morning

While the city has not made it public, the Department of Revenue has halted all parking enforcement until this coming Monday due to the blizzard and it’s aftermath.

The Expired Meter has confirmed, through multiple sources within the Department of Revenue and SERCO, that all enforcement personnel have been asked to stand down and stop issuing parking tickets until Monday.

SERCO is the private company which issues parking tickets on behalf of the city and also handles parking meter enforcement on behalf of Chicago Parking Meters, LLC, the company which holds the contract to operate the city’s parking meters. This means parking meters will not be enforced for the next 72 hours.

The lone exception could be downtown where Traffic Management Aides sometimes enforce parking meters when they’re not involved with traffic management activities.

And tickets still could be issued by Chicago Police. However, CPD and TMA ticket writing doesn’t come close to the same volume of ticket writing PEAs and SERCO personnel issue in enforcing parking violations.

While meter enforcement for all intents and purposes has stopped, Chicago Parking Meter help desk operators still claim meter enforcement is ongoing.

“Yes, meters are being enforced today,” said one CPM operator.

While the 2″ snow route ban is still officially in effect since OEMC has not rescinded it, it does seem apparent that this is currently not being enforced as well. Although technically CPD and Streets & Sanitation crews could technically ticket and tow vehicles parked on snow routes.

This break in enforcement seems to extend to booting crews as well, as DOR booting vans remained idle in their parking lot on North Ashland Avenue this morning.

Seemingly, this enforcement stoppage has been in effect since Tuesday afternoon.

Ed Walsh, Department of Revenue spokesperson, said on Wednesday both Parking Enforcement Aides and boot crews stopped operating on Tuesday due to the storm and were given the day off on Wednesday but did not elaborate on how long the enforcement would be on hiatus.

Calls and e-mails to the DOR today went unreturned.

19 Responses to City Temporarily Halts Parking Ticket Enforcement

  1. sarah says:

    does this affect the streets with an overnight parking ban? (ie no towing?)

  2. Navin Johnson says:

    What about the 2 inch street ban?

  3. The Parking Ticket Geek says:


    While the 2″ snow route ban is still officially in effect since OEMC has not rescinded it, it does seem apparent that this is currently not being enforced as well. Although technically CPD and Streets & Sanitation crews could technically ticket and tow vehicles parked on snow routes.

  4. The Parking Ticket Geek says:

    The overnight parking ban is still in effect.

    While enforcement is probably pretty light right now due to the tow trucks being used elsewhere, I would not chance it.

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  6. Matmannrobin says:

    Thats hilarious!!! What about the ticket my husband got at 2:45 pm during the start of the blizzard for an expired license plate sticker!! Neighbors reported watching her do it….apparently the wind was so strong she could barely stand up.

  7. DoR Employee says:


    That should teach your Hubby to RENEW your plates before the END of the last month they are good for next year.

  8. lisa says:

    I don’t get it. City activates 2″ snow ban due to storm but doesn’t enforce due to storm? wish I’d known that before I spent an hour and a half in white out conditons trying to park legally in Rogers Park Tuesday evening.

  9. SS says:

    Aaah. Enjoyed a spankin’ clean metered spot all day long without dropping even a quarter.

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  11. [...] Parking enforcement was suspended Tuesday as the Blizzard of 2011 was beginning to strike, giving Parking Enforcement Aides, SERCO personnel, Traffic Management Aides and boot crews nearly a full week off from issuing parking violations of any kind, including meter violations. [...]

  12. Navin says:

    Thanks P.T.G!
    I guess I better not chance it.

  13. DoR Employee says:

    I like how the CPM rep said that meters were still being enforced.

    I know for a fact that if ANYONE in Revenue issued a ticket between Wed and Friday while on duty, they will end up in so much hot water it won’t be funny.

    My Sources in the 1st Deputies office told me that the Alpha Team (headed by our favorite ticket writer) took the week off to train Ser Co and PEA’s on procedures for issuing new Municipal codes that have been given to us to enforce.

    I took a couple books and snoozed.

  14. The Parking Ticket Geek says:


    I thought it was hilarious how the CPM operators kept saying that meters were being enforced when it was obvious no one was.

    I had someone call to check hours AFTER the city admitted no enforcement was happening and they still warned my buddy meters were being enforced.

    BTW, did you catch how about four or so hours after we posted our story on the halt to enforcement, the city comes out and makes a statement about that? I can’t tell if it was sheer coincidence or something else.

  15. DoR Employee says:

    I noticed that.

  16. John says:

    Does anyone know if in fact, today, Monday, 2-7-2011, the parking meters are being enforced?


  17. The Parking Ticket Geek says:

    Monday meters are being enforced downtown Central Business District, Oak to Roosevelt, LSD to Halsted.

    Tuesday, enforcement resumes everywhere else.

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