CBS 2 Catches City Of Chicago Vehicles Behaving Badly
CBS 2 news producer Ed Marshall has been noticing a lot of City of Chicago vehicles parking illegally in tow zones lately.
Not surprisingly, none of these vehicles ever seem to get parking tickets or towed.
Anyone else parked this way would be ticketed and potentially towed for these type of infractions. A costly proposition for the common man who dares park in defiance of the law and posted signs, as the fine for parking in a tow zone is $75 and a tow to the auto pound will set you back $165.
The lack of parking enforcement on city owned vehicles is not that shocking. Ticket writers almost universally look the other way when colleagues in other departments park illegally. It’s the vehicular version of the Chicago way or some might say a great example of “Do as I say, but not as I do.”
Marshall asked the humble Parking Ticket Geek to tag along with CBS 2′s Mike Parker in search of some of these scofflaws.
It took less than two minutes.
At the corner of Washington and Wells, we spotted a Chicago Department of Transportation vehicle parked in a tow zone ($75 fine) but also partially blocking the crosswalk ($60 fine).
Of course, this vehicle was just one of many city vehicles we found parking illegally around the Loop.
Parker and his cameraman end up waiting patiently for the driver to return to the car and pounce on him immediately to get his side of the story.
The CDOT scofflaw strode away from the camera without comment.
Here’s CBS 2′s full report, “No Tow, No Ticket For City Vehicles Parked Illegally.”