Category Archives: Chicago Parking Tickets

MetroMile to Pay 100 Street Sweeping Tickets; App to Send Cleaning Alerts

ticketsHate street sweeping tickets?

A company called MetroMile has an app it says can help you avoid getting tickets in the future by using GPS to alert you when your car is parked on a street scheduled for street sweeping the next day.

What’s more, the company, which is now offering its miles-based auto insurance in the area, says it will pay the street cleaning tickets of 100 drivers.

On April 23, MetroMile will be outside at 435 N. Michigan Ave. from 8 a.m. until early afternoon handing out a free device called a Metronome. At noon, the first 100 drivers who show up with a 2014 Chicago street cleaning ticket and who have downloaded the MetroMile app will get $60 toward paying their tickets, officials said.

MetroMile offers auto insurance coverage based on the miles a motorist actually drives as opposed to the typical insurance plan that charges based on an estimate of miles driven. The device plugs into a diagnostic port on cars to track miles driven and also pinpoints your car location via GPS.

Read more at DNA Info.

Parked Blocking A Sidewalk, Driver Invites Geek’s Wrath

Jackass parked on a sidewalkEven the Parking Ticket Geek has limits.

Look, I have a lot of patience with drivers who park, let’s say…creatively.

I don’t think drivers should get dinged with a ticket for parking a foot or two too close to a hydrant or a stop sign. It doesn’t bug me when someone’s in an alley for a few minutes with their flasher on. And I’m not driven to distraction when a car is parked in a no parking zone for a moment to run into a store.

It’s no big deal.

But in the Wicker Park neighborhood Friday afternoon, I came across some jackass’ SUV underneath the Blue Line L tracks parked on a sidewalk blocking the path of pedestrians who wanted to walk down the street.

What the Hell?

Parking Company Reaches Deal With City Over Unfair ‘Tickets’

ABM Parking Services will issue parking tickets to drivers who don't  pay to park at their lots or garages.

ABM Parking Services will issue parking tickets to drivers who don’t pay to park at their lots or garages.

A company that operates parking lots and garages in Chicago has reached a settlement with the city for some allegedly unscrupulous practices according to the Sun-Times.

ABM Parking Services operates 55 parking lots or garages around Chicago. Most locations are unmanned and drivers must use a pay station when they park. However, sometimes motorists will park without paying or their parking time will expire. Enforcement personnel working for the company will issue “parking tickets” to vehicles in these situations.

However, in October 2012, the city began an investigation of ABM after the Sun-Times was contacted by drivers who were issued tickets at a parking lot in River North even though the pay station was inoperable–drivers were unable to pay to park.

Car Pal iPhone App Helps Drivers Avoid Parking Tickets

iPhone app Car Pal helps drivers avoid Chicago parking tickets including street cleaning, expired meter and Winter Overnight Parking Ban tickets. Photo credit: Car Pal.

iPhone app Car Pal helps drivers avoid Chicago parking tickets including street cleaning, expired meter and Winter Overnight Parking Ban tickets. Photo credit: Car Pal.

Varun Goel and Gaurav Goyal don’t drive or own cars, but the two young programmers know how easy it is for drivers to get slapped with parking tickets — especially for parking on the wrong side of the street on street-cleaning days.

So, they decided to build an iPhone app that would let users know when street-cleaning is scheduled on their block.

Car Pal also will let drivers know if their car is parked on a street with a winter overnight parking ban or when it’s time to feed the parking meter.

“It’s definitely a pain to find parking in the city, especially in dense neighborhoods,” Goel said. “This app helps drivers determine whether they’re parking legally or not.”

Both Goel and Goyal were born in India, went to school in the U.S. and ended up meeting after getting jobs as programmers at Morningstar.

Read more at DNA Info.

NBC 5 Reports On Parking Meter Vandalism Outbreak

NBC 5 reported on the recent outbreak of parking meter vandalism which erupted on the North Side last week and interviewed a few people to get their thoughts.

Not that surprisingly, most people were not very sympathetic. In fact, one gentleman was supportive of the vandals destructive efforts.

Meter Enforcement Vehicle Issued Ticket For Parking Illegally

A parking enforcement vehicle gets hit with a parking ticket.

A parking enforcement vehicle gets hit with a parking ticket.

Turnaround is fair play according to our friends at Second City Cop blog.

It seems a vehicle owned by LAZ Parking, the contractor which handles parking meter enforcement for Chicago Parking Meters, LLC, was issued a ticket for ironically–parking illegally.

CPM, which controls the city’s parking meter system for the next 70 years, under their contract can utilize it’s own parking enforcement crews to write expired meter tickets.

As The Expired Meter reported recently, CPM’s enforcement team has written millions of dollars in parking tickets over the past few years.

Even funnier is the fact that the ticket was issued up in Edison Park, according to SCC.

CBS 2: City Parking Ticket Photos Don’t Prove Violation

CBS 2 had an super important expose on parking tickets early this week.

Investigative reporter Pam Zekman looked into the problem of city Parking Enforcement Aides (PEA) taking photos for parking tickets to be used as evidence a violation has occurred. Two drivers who received parking tickets claim the photos did not support a violation and when they contested by mail, the Department of Administrative Hearings upheld the ticket.

Both drivers were outraged.

Milwaukee Parking Checkers Writing ‘Double Dip’ Tickets

It seems Milwaukee “parking checkers” have been trying to pull a fast one on drivers according to WTMJ 4 News.

Angry Over Parking Ticket Decision, Man Arrested After Posting Video Threatening A Judge

One of the approximately 2 million parking tickets issued every year in Chicago.It’s never a good idea to threaten someone–especially a city worker.

And it’s a worse idea to provide evidence of your threat by posting a video of it on YouTube.

According to RedEye, that’s what a 40-year old Country Clubs Hills man did recently and it landed him in jail.

The man was angry with the Administrative Law Judge who ruled against him and upheld a parking ticket he was issued on Milwaukee Avenue.

Instead of just paying the ticket, he uploaded a profanity laden, racist and homophobic 11 minute video to YouTube asking viewers to bomb the city hearing facility, blow up the ALJ’s car, and attack Parking Enforcement Aides and other ticket writers.

Then he mailed a letter with the link’s web address to the hearing officer.

Watchdog Group Accuses Parking Meter Company Of Over Aggressive Ticketing In NW Side Neighborhood

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UPDATE: Many of the commentators at Second City Cop blog, a website frequented by Chicago’s finest, are weighing in on this issue in a particularly whiny way. Thanks to 019 District PO for the tip.

Parking enforcement teams working for Chicago Parking Meters, LLC are writing expired meter tickets to drivers in the Edison Park neighborhood and residents are angry.

Residents of the far Northwest Side neighborhood and the Better Government Association are alleging the ticketing is overly aggressive.