CPD Writing Fewer Parking Tickets, LAZ Writing More
15% fewer than last year, which comes on top of a 20% drop in 2010, according to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times.
But even though police issued parking tickets are down, city Parking Enforcement Aides along with employees for the private contractor SERCO are on pace to write more parking violations than they did last year.
While PEA and SERCO ticketing is up marginally, the biggest percentage increase in ticket writing is coming from LAZ Parking who, as contractors for Chicago Parking Meters, LLC are allowed to issue expired parking meter violations per the parking meter lease contract.
LAZ Parking enforcement has written 72,933 meter violations as of July 31st compared to 43,947 for the same period the year before–a whopping 66% increase.
Based on their current pace, current projections have CPD writing about 155,000 less parking tickets than last year.
City spokespeople claim the increased numbers by other ticket writers will make up the difference. But, based on the current numbers so far this year, the claim doesn’t hold water.
If all numbers stay on pace, the city will come up about 180,000 parking tickets short of last year’s 2.45 million total tickets. Based on an average ticket fine of $50, this would be over $9 million less in parking ticket revenue for 2012–a tough number to digest when Chicago’s projected budget deficit is around $369 million.