City Temporarily Halts Parking Ticket Enforcement
Sources: All Parking Enforcement Stopped Until Monday
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While the 2″ snow route ban is still officially in effect since OEMC has not rescinded it, it does seem apparent that this is currently not being enforced as well.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.