Drivers Ticketed For Too Many City Stickers
But it seems some Chicago police officers are writing tickets to drivers for having expired city stickers despite having purchased a 2011 city sticker.
According to reports from 33rd Ward Alderman Richard Mell’s office, there’s been a rash of expensive $120 parking tickets issued up in his Northside ward because drivers didn’t remove city stickers from previous years. According to some drivers, the tickets are not being issued by Parking Enforcement Aides but by the CPD.
“I’ve just read an e-mail from a constituent that informs me that tickets
are being issued in our ward (and other places in the city) for having old city stickers affixed to your windshield,” said Mell in an email to constituents. “This is something that even I was not aware of.”
While the municipal code does instruct drivers that the city sticker should be placed in the lower right corner of the windshield, it does not provide exact measurements. Nor does the municipal code say anything about removing city stickers from previous years.
“What appears to be the primary issue is not merely that there was an expired city sticker in addition to the current one, but also that we put the current city sticker above the expired one and therefore the city sticker was not sufficiently in the lower right hand corner for whomever was writing tickets that day,” says Elly who emailed us from Mell’s ward. “So it seems that someone was having a bad day, or they’ve received instructions to be OCD about ticketing in order to raise revenue.”
The Chicago City Clerk’s office, which is responsible for issuing city stickers to drivers, also does its own enforcement of city sticker violations. However, according to City Clerk spokesperson Kristine Williams, their enforcement people don’t care if old stickers are on the windshield.
“Our enforcement people are just looking for the city sticker to be displayed,” says Williams. “Our biggest concern is that the city sticker is on the windshield.”
While Williams concurs the municipal code is not minutely specific when it comes to exactly where the city sticker should be placed on the lower right of the windshield she advises drivers to remove expired city stickers.
“We always encourage people to remove last year’s city stickers,” says Williams.