Ask The Parking Ticket Geek
Do you know if you can contest a parking ticket via email or online?
I have the supporting documentation to show they ticketed me while I was parked legally. I have the ticket showing the issue time of 3:08PM and I have the ticket from the meter showing that it did not expire until 3:41PM.
I also have the transaction from my bank debit card showing the fee paid to LAZ. I’d like to email something right to Bea as well to complain…got her email address?
Maybe in the future, but currently tickets cannot be contested online Mr. Angry.
The former head of Administrative Hearings, Scott Bruner was looking into the possibility of contesting tickets via the internet, but the city is currently broke and Bruner left his job last year.
It sounds like, if you present the proper documentation, you should have no problem beating the ticket.
And, I don’t have the e-mail address for Bea Reyna-Hickey, the Director of the Department of Revenue. However, it might not be too hard to figure it out.
If you want to bring this type of really stupid mistake to the Dept. of Revenue’s attention, call Street Operations at 312-744-4500 and ask to speak to a supervisor.
Here’s a theoretical question for you: Bob pays for parking between 2pm and 3pm. At 3:15 pm, Bob has not moved his car and receives a parking ticket for an expired meter. Bob gets back to his car at 3:30 pm, and sees the ticket.
He also notices that Mary, a complete stranger, is pulling out of her spot, and asks Mary for her receipt. Mary gives it to him– her receipt is for time from 2:45 to 4:45, which would cover the time when Bob got his parking ticket.
Is it worth it for Bob to fight the ticket, using Mary’s receipt? If so, how could Bob pursue such an action?
Is it worth it to fight the ticket?
That’s up to you “Bob”.
Legally/technically you’re on the hook–you came back too late to your car and the meter receipt expired.
However, if you can provide a paid meter receipt for the time in question as evidence at a hearing, theoretically this should get the ticket dismissed.
A creative person could “theoretically” make the case that the ticket writer somehow missed the paid receipt on the dashboard. Perhaps it fell so far down between the windshield and dashboard it couldn’t be read by the ticket writer. Who knows?!?
Of course, we’re both just talking theoretically, right “Bob?”
So, theoretically, your friend “Bob” should win.
Yesterday I got a ticket for an expired meter. It was written 6 minutes after the meter expired.
I arrived at my car at the 7 or 8 minute mark and saw no orange vested ticket writer in the vicinity.
A friend told me of Mayor Daley’s grace period … apparently, that has been rescinded.
Your timing is pretty darn bad Molly.
Not only did the 5 minute grace period evaporate from the municipal code a few days ago, but even if it were still in place, you would be 1 minute too late to use that.
While I’m sure you don’t want to hear this, I guess my advice would be to pay the ticket before the fine doubles.
I am in a rock ‘n’ roll band from the southeast. We recently played Reggie’s Music Joint on S. State Street. We travel in a van with a trailer in tow. We parked in front of the venue just after 4pm and paid the maximum five hours as stated on the meter. The block stops being metered at 9pm.
We displayed the ticket on our dash and went inside.
90 minutes later I saw a cop writing a ticket for ‘overstay or expirer meter.’ I asked her why, and she said there was a 90 minute limit on parking. I showed her my meter ticket, to which she replied, “I don’t know why it let you do that. Is it after 6pm?” –At this point I was completely dumbfounded.
There is no mention of the trailer on the ticket. The ticket she wrote has the wrong state and tag expiration. Totally mystified at the situation, I left the van there since I had paid for parking.
At 7:30 she wrote us another identically incorrect ticket.
I have pictures of all the signage around the van, our valid parking stickers, and our van plates, but I doubt the effectiveness of contesting by mail. Since they got the state and tag exp. date wrong can this just be ignored? Will it be thrown out if I contest by mail? If they see pictures of the trailer can they issue another ticket for meter violation?
Personally appealing these tickets is probably out of the question. Please advise!
Victim of Northern Aggression
I really hope it wasn’t a cop that wrote you those parking tickets.
Because I would really be bummed to know someone with their entire frontal lobe removed from their cranium is one of Chicago’s finest.
Here’s the thing. If the ticket writer wrote the wrong state and expiration, there’s a good chance these tickets may not ever show up.
So, wait and see if you get a Notice of Violation from Chicago before you try fighting the tickets. If the notice doesn’t show up, it means you’re in the clear.
GEEK TIP: It may take months and even years in some cases for these violation notices to show up to out of state addresses. Put all your
documents, evidence and photos in a file somewhere just in case.
You can win contesting by mail if you have enough evidence and write a good letter.
I’m guessing by the photos you have and receipts you’ve held onto, you should probably prevail.
Make sure you bring up all the errors the ticket writer made as these errors should be grounds for the hearing officer to dismiss the tickets
But, don’t worry too much if you happen to lose. What can these jerks from Chicago do to someone like yourself who doesn’t live here? Not much!
Hope this helps.
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