Expired: 5-Minute Parking Meter Grace Period Ends
On April 1st, the 5-minute parking meter grace period ordinance ended, a mere 14 months after Mayor Daley had the ordinance passed back in February, 2010.
The law allowed the city to non-suit (throw out) the ticket for drivers who received an expired meter parking violation, five minutes or less from the expiration of their meter receipt.
Mayor Daley offered the grace period as a short term salve to quell the anger of frustrated drivers unhappy with the rapid meter rate increases and poor execution of the Chicago’s parking meter lease deal.
According to Department of Revenue spokesperson Ed Walsh, drivers who receiving expired meter tickets before April 1st and qualify for the grace period are still eligible to have their ticket withdrawn.
Walsh says 4,098 expired meter tickets have been withdrawn based on the 5-minute grace period, less than 1% of total expired meter violations.
Although this grace period has ended, 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack has introduced legislation to make the grace period permanent.
Waguespack authored an amendment to the municipal code in February but it hasn’t passed out of committee so far.
Despite the delays, Waguespack is confident the grace period will eventually be a permanent part of Chicago’s municipal code.
“Once we start discussing it, I’m sure we can get it passed,” said Waguespack.