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I recently received a citation for Improperly Displayed City Sticker.
Which was given for a good reason there was not one on the windshield and the car is registered to an address within the city limits of Chicago.
I have been living in New Orleans for the past 6 months working for the federal government, and yes my car was with me. While there I had an apartment, obtained a Louisiana State ID, and even obtained a New Orleans residential parking/city sticker so that I could park my vehicle within the City limits of New Orleans.
So my job ended and I moved back to Chicago around the 20th of December. I was cited 01/05/11. I was wondering if I would fall within the 30 day grace period for new residents to Chicago?
What you think do I have a good argument?
What a nice warm welcome Mayor Daley gave you on your return to the Windy City Colin!
But based on your circumstances, your documentation from New Orleans and your time line, I don’t see why this wouldn’t work to have the city sticker is dismissed.
1-Get your city sticker right away (you’ve probably done this already).
2-Have the hearing in person so you can explain this complex situation. A letter may work, but chances are lower.
3-Bring in all that documentation you spoke of into the hearing. It will be the thing that wins the day.
I ride a motorcycle 95% of the time (yes, even when its 21 degrees outside).
Since the powers-at-be in Chicago have decided to take the low road of being unfriendly to two-wheeled transportation by not providing specific spots for motorcycles to park, along with differential rates – I’ve made it my person mission to avoid paying for parking whenever possible.
In regards to the photo I’ve attached (see above) am I “legal” (or at least not illegal) to park outside of the “Pay for Parking” signed areas, as demonstrated in the photo attached? On the other side of the alley in the photo, there is another parking sign, pointing the opposite direction, with a similar “buffer” between the post and the corner.
Let me know, k?
Let me say I really like you Brad.
You are thinking outside the box, or perhaps, outside the parking spot.
I think you’re parked legally.
But just barely.
As long as there’s not a No Parking sign at any locations like this AND, not blocking or impeding traffic coming in and out of the alley, I don’t see how you should be legally ticketed.
I would try to move over a few inches to the right so there’s no question you’re not in the metered zone, just to be safe.
I should also warn you that you are probably going to get a few tickets this way from either stupid and don’t understand the law or hardass types who have a problem with you finding this parking loophole.
The only other danger is the possibility of getting clipped by some idiot driver trying to take a turn in or out of the alley. You take that risk parking there.
Keep it up Brad. I’m a fan of your creative thinking.
I was driving home from work the Tuesday night of the blizzard and got stuck one block from my house.
We had to push my car to the side of the road. My car was in a legitimate parking spot but facing the wrong way because I could not move it in the snow. The next morning I was ticketed for abandoned vehicle and obstructing snow removal at 7:57am.
Is there anything I can do? I have a hearing set up. Ticket was $100 bucks, $25 to release my vehicle and $260 for the tow.
Here’s the problem Sean.
On one hand, your car was technically in violation. From your description, it sounds like you may have been on a major thoroughfare and thus in violation of the 2″ snow ban.
On the other hand, it’s an act of God and you had very little control over the situation.
But when it comes to Daley getting and/or keeping his money, even God’s not going to get in the way.
I think your only hope is a two fold defense.
First, from my understanding, your car should not have been towed to the auto pound. The 2″ snow ban is not supposed to result in a trip to the auto pound–at least that’s not the stated policy of Streets & Sanitation. Tow trucks are just supposed to relocate vehicles in situations like this, at least according to S&S spokesperson Matt Smith.
But then again, this may not have been possible due to all the snow.
Blow in a call into Streets & Sanitation to get some sort of definitive answer–something you can bring to a hearing a evidence.
Second, I think you just blame everything on this act of God and leave it at that.
What other defense could you employ?
Your situation is so unique. It only happens once very 10-20 years, so I honestly don’t have any sort of easy answer for you.
Beg for mercy due to Snowpocalypse 2011.
Sorry, that’s all I got.
I live in the Near North area which is very expensive and annoying to park in.
In front of many area restaurants there are signs for valet parking companies which appear to prohibit parking. Do these restaurants, or more likely their valet service, really own the parking all day in these areas?
I know it is a bad idea to mess with the valet companies but wanted to understand what the law says.
Would love to hear your advice.
The restaurants which have valet loading zones in front of their establishments do not “own” those spots Dan.
However, these joints and/or the valet company pay an annual fee to utilize the public way in this manner.
Valet parking spots are regulated by the times on the signs. Not the signs the valet guys drag out, but the permanent posted signs.
If a valet parking sign says 5 PM – 11 PM, then you or I can park in that spot outside of that time period.
But again, there needs to be a sign posted–a fixed metal sign.
If no sign, no valet zone.
I hear stories of valets illegally putting up temporary signs, but never have been able independently confirm this myself.
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