Driver Angered Over Legit Parking Ticket Ruling
Lately, many drivers have been complaining to the Chicago Tribune’s Jon Yates–the Problem Solver columnist.
In the most recent episode, a driver remembered at the last minute, his license plate sticker was about to expire. He logged onto the Illinois Secretary of State’s website and renewed. Understanding the sticker doesn’t magically appear, he posted his receipt on his dashboard with the hope it would deter ticket writers.
Not surprisingly, it did not and he received two $60 parking tickets.
He contested both by mail.
One was upheld but the other was dismissed. Both were adjudicated by the same Administrative Hearing Judge.
This confused, confused and angered the driver who contacted the Tribune.
Yates looked into the situation but found out the hearing officer actually gave the driver a break by dismissing one of the tickets because the second violation was issued within 24 hours of the first.
Instead of being grateful, the motorist is still angry.
The reality is, vehicle owners must have the new sticker mounted on their license plate by the end of the month in which the sticker expires. Unfortunately, the law states it doesn’t matter if the sticker was purchased before the deadline–it still must be displayed on the vehicle’s license plate.
TICKET TIP: If time runs out before you can renew your license sticker, don’t renew online with the Secretary of State. It could take days if not weeks before it comes in the mail and you could be ticketed for each day your plates remain expired.
Instead, either purchase your sticker in person at any SOS driver’s facility location or, for even faster service, walk down to the closest Currency Exchange. Many Currency Exchanges are open 24 hours a day and, for a modest $5.50 fee, you can walk out with your sticker.
Just make sure you get it on your plate ASAP.
Here’s the Tribune’s full story, “Problem Solver: 1 infraction, 2 tickets, 2 rulings.”