Motorcycles Parking Legally, Still Getting Ticketed
That’s what the city always tells driver. As long as you obey the signs when you park, you won’t get ticketed.
But tell that to motorcycle rider Loreen Targos.
Targos was spotlighted in the Chicago Tribune for the 38 tickets slapped on her motorcycle over the summer while parking in legal spots downtown.
Many downtown motorcycle and scooter riders find tiny, but legal parking spots which are outside of the metered parking zones but not in tow zones or other restricted parking spots. These parking loopholes are too small for a car most of the time, but motorcycles and scooters can squeeze in just fine.
This let’s these savvy motorcycle riders avoid paying the exorbitant prices of the downtown parking meters–and it’s not a violation of the law.
But despite being parked legally, she’s still be getting ticketed for such violations as “parking outside the designated area,” and others.
Luckily, Targos likes to fight back and has prevailed in every one of the 14 tickets she has contested so far.
She’s even tried taping copies of the decisions from her administrative hearings dismissing her tickets to her bike, but to no avail–the tickets kept on coming.
So after Chicago Police officers began stepping up enforcement and she was involved in a verbal disagreement with a pair cops who didn’t understand the law, she decided to reach out to the Tribune’s Problem Solver, Jon Yates, to see if he could help straighten out the city.
Yates tried to talk to Department of Finance, but they told him to talk to CPD. Not surprisingly, no one in the city would answer his questions.
Sadly, unlike city Parking Enforcement Aides, many Chicago Police officers do not have a solid grasp of parking regulations. Most cops carry parking ticket books, but because they generally don’t write a lot of tickets and have little training on the finer points parking regulations, they often issue erroneous parking violations.
With the Tribune throwing a bright light on this overzealous enforcement, the media attention maybe a double edged sword. It is more than possible that these free parking spots for motorcycles may just disappear if the city adjusts the signage to close up these parking loopholes.
Here’s the Tribune’s full story, “Problem Solver: Motorcyclist received 38 tickets in legal parking spot.”