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Category Archives: Chicago Parking Tickets

World’s First Parking Ticket Issued August 6, 1935

Cop writes parking ticketIn August of 1935, as it is every August, it was hot in Oklahoma.

The Reverend Charles H. North, of Oklahoma’s City’s Third Pentecostal Holiness Church, drove his car downtown, and parked at a spot in front of one of those new-fangled devices called the Park-O-Meter.

The Park-O-Meters had just been installed the month before and had created sort of a hub-bub around town over those past few weeks.

North stepped out of his car, and wiping sweat from his forehead stepped into the hot and dusty street, walked to where the meter was planted in the cement in front of his automobile, and read the gadget. It demanded 5 cents to park there.

IG Reports Bad Blood Between Police & Parking Enforcement

PEA back on the ticket beat

PEA back on the ticket beat

The cops and parking enforcement workers don’t seem to like each other according to a report released by the Chicago Inspector General Office.

A public screaming match between a Chicago police officer and a parking enforcement aide (PEA) has received the attention of the city’s IG, which after investigating, found what they call a widespread animosity between the two departments.

According to the report issued today there’s a perceived rivalry between the two departments.

“In general, there is a perception of a rivalry between PEAs and police officers; a perception shared by both sides and supported by online commentary,” the report said. “PEAs believe that CPD police officers are unnecessarily targeting PEAs for abuse. PEAs asserted that CPD officers are adversarial to PEAs in certain or all districts. Police officers, for their part, felt that PEAs unnecessarily saturate areas with enforcement.”

Fox Chicago News, Other Media Outlets Cover ParkChicago Story

FOX 32 News Chicago

Fox Chicago News and a bevy of other media outlets picked up on The Expired Meter’s story on the issues with ParkChicago users getting ticketed while paid up using the app.

Newsradio 780′s Nancy Harty also had a short radio report as well.

Parking Meter App Users Wrongly Ticketed Hundreds of Times

Workers for CPM erect one of the 42,000 signs needed citywide for the ParkChicago mobile pay to park system.

Workers for CPM erect one of the 42,000 signs needed citywide for the ParkChicago mobile pay to park system.

The city’s highly touted new pay-by-phone parking meter app is being rolled out across the city, but hundreds of drivers have been ticketed even after correctly using the app to pay their meters.

City officials confirm that 317 drivers using the recently released ParkChicago pay-by-phone app have reported receiving tickets for an expired-meter violation — even though there was still time on the meter — in the first two months since the app’s rollout began in May.

Chicago Parking Meters spokesman Scott Burnham said only a small percentage of parkers who used the app have gotten tickets, although he didn’t say how many times the app had been used overall to pay meters.

The city has issued 81,868 expired-meter tickets to all parkers citywide since the app became available, although most of those went to parkers using the pay boxes on the street.

The ParkChicago app debuted to great fanfare in a West Loop pilot test in mid-April. It allows drivers to use their Android or iOS smartphones to pay their parking meter without having to walk to the parking meter paybox.

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

Ban Or No Ban? Parking Confusion Reigns In West Loop

Remember the daytime parking ban in the West Loop?

The one to stop the problem of “day trippers” parking for free just west of downtown and walking or using public transit to work or play downtown?

It seems after the six month pilot test, local groups and businesses complained and the ban was dropped according to DNA Info.

Residents and visitors were told the ban was no longer in effect so they could park wherever and whenever they wanted.

But according to CBS 2 News, while the ban ended in December the signs which prohibit parking from 1:30 to 3:30 are still up and some people are still receiving tickets. In addition, at least one person had their car towed due to an allegedly non-existent ban.

Illinois’ Zero Plate Receiving Improper Tickets From Oak Park

OakPark parking ticketA vehicle adorned with the the “0″ Illinois license plate is at the receiving end of a slew of improper parking tickets from the Village of Oak Park according to OakPark.com.

Chicagoan Tim Feddor, received approximately 200 improper Chicago parking tickets a few years ago due to ticket writers testing their handheld ticket writing computers by using “0″ for the license plate. Ultimately, after some media attention, the tickets went away.

But now, it’s happening again. This time, despite Feddor trying his best to get Oak Park to simply toss out the 11 tickets he’s been issued since the make of the vehicle doesn’t match, the west suburban town says there’s no easy solution and seems to be pursuing the innocent driver to pay up.

Edison Park Chamber Of Commerce Buys Parking Lot To Help Shoppers Avoid Meters

Shoppers in Edison Park now have another way to avoid paying the meters with the purchase of a new parking lot by the area's chamber of commerce. Photo credit: Heather Cherone/DNA Info.

Shoppers in Edison Park now have another way to avoid paying the meters with the purchase of a new parking lot by the area’s chamber of commerce. Photo credit: Heather Cherone/DNA Info.

Here’s a unique way to avoid having to feed the parking meter–buy your very own parking lot.

That’s what the Edison Park Chamber of Commerce did recently when the group spent $174,000 to buy a 26-space parking lot according to DNA Info.

In recent months Edison Park business owners were enraged when ticket writers for Chicago Parking Meters, LLC wrote parking tickets to drivers who did not feed their meter.

Boston Parking Ticket Fires Up Local Musician Neko Case

 

Chicago-based singer and songwriter Neko Case doesn’t take too kindly to parking tickets.

On Monday, Case received a parking violation in Boston and lashed out via Twitter with a photo of the words “Eat Me” scribbled in the comments section of her ticket.

Interestingly, the City of Boston (or at least the person who handles the city’s social media) is a fan of Ms. Case and via Twitter, encouraged her to contest the ticket.

Producers Pay Parking Tickets To Promote New Film

A new film premiering Friday is trying to generate some buzz by paying people’s parking tickets.

The “get your parking ticket paid” contest is a way to promote the film “Friended To Death,” where the lead character is not a very popular guy.

In fact, lots of people hate him.

Get Some Free Parking Ticket Advice, Free Money For Your Tickets

Geek Photo 2Calling all scofflaws!

MetroMile and The Expired Meter will be out at 435 N. Michigan Avenue (in front of the Tribune Tower) today at noon.

MetroMile will be handing out envelopes with $60 in cash to drivers who bring along a recent street cleaning parking ticket and can show they’ve downloaded the MetroMile app to their iPhone.

The Expired Meter’s Parking Ticket Geek will be on hand doling out parking ticket advice to any frustrated drivers trying to deal with their ticketing issues.

Come by, say hello and pick up some cash!