Milwaukee TV Station Exposes City’s Parking Ticket Quotas
Every city denies it.
The parking ticket quota does not exist says city leaders across the country.
But at least in one major American city, someone was able to prove ticket quotas exist.
Former Fox Chicago News reporter Steve Chamraz is now working his investigative magic up in Milwaukee on WTMJ 4 TV.
Chamraz interviewed a former Parking Checker, the title for city employees who write parking tickets in Brew City and he said ticket writers were expected to issue a certain number of tickets per day, week, month or there could be repercussions.
The idea to make writing parking tickets more about generating revenue than as a tool to control parking started in 1995 when the responsibility for parking enforcement was switched from the police department to public works.
Since then, parking ticket revenue has risen from about $10 million in 1995 to $25 million in 2010. Milwaukee generated nearly a quarter billion dollars in the past decade or so. The error rate for parking tickets has increased as well since the change. Milwaukee had to void about $1 million in tickets in 2011.
Read Chamraz’s great report, “Parking quota drives ticket writing frenzy, error rate” or view the video above.