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The ticket says I was given the ticket 7 minutes before the posted sign says it is no longer necessary to feed the meter.
I can’t believe a meter maid is prowling around looking for expired meter even 1/2 hour before her job is up. Is there any argument that I can use to fight this ticket, even though I know I technically am at fault?
I actually fed the meter with what change I had – and knew I was OK up until 10 minutes before the time posted.
The stupid ticket is $50!
Angry in Andersonville
Time Out Chicago, a weekly mag where local scenesters normally find the bleeding edge, painfully hip, bars, restaurants, clubs and other hot spots in the city, weighs in with some parking ticket wisdom this past issue.
In their weekly column, “Around Town–What’s up with that?” some dude named Matt wants to know if it’s legit when a parking violation is received by mail, but never received the original ticket on his car. “Can police just send tickets in the mail without warning?,” asks Matt.
Regular readers to The Expired Meter know the answer and that is…of course they can. That’s why the city sends out violation notices after the initial ticket.
The magazine, talks to police spokesperson Anne Dwyer, who explains that sometimes tickets will blow off in the wind, and that’ why the city also sends a violation notice in the mail.
Hello Mr. Geek,
This morning I pulled over to the side of a residential street by my house to get a newspaper.
Though it is only 3 blocks away from my residence, it is a different residential zone permit.
I left my car running, got out, walked to the corner, read the sign, and then walked back to my car. There was a “meter maid” writing me a ticket after I had left my car for less than a minute.
It was as if she materialized from the ether, because she came out of nowhere.
She finished writing the ticket, took a picture of my city sticker, and handed me the ticket. She was very rude in her demeanor and comments. What is the best way to contest this unfair ticket?
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Come join the Parking Ticket Geek over at Windy Citizen for a week of fun and parking ticket advice.
The Geek is flabbergasted and sincerely honored the friendly folks at WC, one of Chicago’s premier reader directed news websites, has asked the intellectually challenged Geek to answer parking ticket questions this week.
Readers are encouraged to submit their questions and the Geek will choose to answer one or two of the most unique questions every day.
Department of Revenue Director Bea Reyna-Hickey, takes a moment to inform scofflaws on the many ways they can pay their parking and red light camera tickets from the City of Chicago, as well as sharing some good advice.
I received a notice for 2 parking tickets I supposedly received in 1991.
Although the address on the tickets are close to where I lived at that time I had a private parking space so I really doubt they are valid.
What’s the legality of this? Isn’t there some sort of statute of limitations on parking tickets? I think the total fine for the 2 tickets now stands at $120.00. Not only can I not afford the fine, I truly believe these tickets were never valid. I don’t ever remember receiving a notice before this. Come on! 18 years?
I’d appreciate your opinion,
It’s been a week since the big snowstorm.
And if you park on the street, and haven’t cleared the snow off your car, dug it out or better yet, moved your vehicle out of the space it’s been hibernating in for the past week, you had better get your butt in gear.
If you don’t know already, motorists are required by law to move their street parked vehicle every seven days. Otherwise you can be ticketed and ultimately towed for Chicago municipal code violation #09-80-110(a)–or in English,”Abandoned Vehicle: 7 Days or Incapable of Operation.”
Many city dwellers will find a choice spot on their street and just leave it there until the weekend while utilizing the CTA to get to work during the week. Or perhaps it’s a second vehicle not used very often.
In normal circumstances, unless the tires are gone, the windows smashed in or the car was a victim of a fire or accident, it’s hard to tell that a vehicle is abandoned or has not been moved.
But, a week or more after a substantial snowfall, it is VERY easy to see what cars have not been moved. The humongous snow drift on top of the car or a vehicle locked in a snowplow created glacier is the tip off.
One of our favorite contributors and Parking Enforcement Aide for the city, DoR Employee says he’s heard unconfirmed rumors of city ticket writing detail especially assigned to enforcing this violation, with over 150 of this ticket being written just after the snowstorm before last.
“Heard through the grapevine that the new Squad is hunting for vehicles that haven’t moved within 7 days , so keep the snow from building up on your vehicles,” says DoR Employee.
So don your long underwear and snowsuit and get shoveling. Hopefully, the fear of a $75 ticket and a potential tow (another $160) will be enough inspiration for you.
My guest received a ticket for parking in a permit parking zone (383) last night at 12:39am. My guest clearly had a valid guest permit displayed, and I was present when she filled it out and displayed it at 7:15pm.
The issue might have been when she filled out the day, she mistakenly thought the day was the 21st, but then I told her it was the 20th and she corrected it. Did the PEA think she was trying to change the date and re-use a pass (which she was not)? Why would someone want to advance a day? It makes no sense as to how the person could issue a ticket.
Photos were taken of the permit displayed along with a close up of the date. My guest is going to contest the ticket, what would you recommend is the best course for contesting this ridiculous ticket?
That’s so petty and pathetic.
But you’re not alone. You’re one of many people reporting this same issue.
Of course, how could anyone try to re-use a guest permit from the future? Duh!
Perhaps this PEA believes you own a time machine and somehow, in order to save the what, $1 on the pass, you jumped into your time machine to re-use your pass from tomorrow. Very nitpicky and VERY lame.
I think you can beat this.
Have your friend make this exact argument (not the snarky time machine one). Explain what happened and how this minor mistake happened. Anyone with a brain should be able to understand this.
What would really put it over the top would be for you to relate the same story, backing up your friend’s story and testifying in writing that it was a legitimate parking pass. Make sure you stop by a Currency Exchange and get your letter notarized so it is considered sworn testimony.
With two people making the same claim, your friend should beat this ticket.
Good luck. Keep us posted.
I just bought a used car last week, I couldn’t get one of the bolts off from the license plate because it was kind of stripped (and in all honesty I hadn’t gotten a city sticker yet so that played a part in me not being in a big hurry) so I left the seller plates on temporarily.
Little did I know that the previous owner must have had some serious parking tickets, because lo’ and behold, I have a Denver boot this morning.
So I guess my first main question is, am I responsible for this at all? Is there a way I can completely honestly get this removed (maybe just paying the 60 and not the tickets, I don’t know how many there are yet)? Or how do you think it would play out if I were to get my new plates on (and a city sticker, too), then contest it based on that it was the wrong car? I could really use your advice fast.
Thanks for your help and I hope you are having a beautiful orange-envelope-free day!
You are NOT responsible for these tickets and therefore I don’t see how you should be held liable for the boot.
What you need to do, and do it ASAP, is to go and have a boot hearing on this.
You can have a boot hearing at any of the three or four hearing locations/payment centers around town.
The Currency Exchange will be faster but you only get a receipt of your purchase and you’ll have to wait for the plates to be mailed–but at least you have the receipt.
You will need to bring your new title, new plates/receipt, all your receipts from the purchase, your ID, anything you can think of to prove you just purchased the vehicle, the plate is not yours.
I have never heard of this happening before BUT, I can’t see how they won’t remove the boot. Because it was you who received the tickets, but the previous scofflaw goofball owner. You didn’t buy it from me did you?
Try to get this resolved and have your boot hearing today as, after 24 hours, the city can tow your vehicle, which would add an additional $160 to the grand total and a trip to one of the worst places on earth–the Chicago Auto Pound.
Get back to me Sammi!
So I just got back from city hall and thankfully I’ll be getting the boot off tonight. The ruling at the hearing was that since there were 3 tickets on the displayed plate, that the boot was valid. However, I only was responsible for the booting fee, and not the tickets themselves, so I only had to pay 60 bucks.
I didn’t have the title yet, but they allowed me to use the tax receipt from the DMV as proof of purchase (they didn’t care about seeing the new plates). So it looks like it mostly worked out, and I’m only 60 bucks plus some cab fare poorer.
Thanks for the advice,
The Geek is happy it sort of worked out for you in the end. And although perhaps it is not the law, I still think the Administrative Law Officer could have waived the $60 boot fee and given you a pass. There seems to be some room in the current muni-code that would allow this and one thing for sure, booting your car with the wrong plates is sure not in the spirit of the law.
The only upside to your day of drama is your story serves as a cautionary tale to strongly remind drivers to always remove the seller’s plate from your vehicle, no matter what.
How can a car with out of state plates and a handicapped (rearview mirror) permit be allowed to park on a meter for free and for an unlimited time (sometimes days) without moving?
No city sticker or anything.
Good question J.
But, vehicles with handicapped plates or placards are allowed to park at meters for free for a nearly unlimited amount of time.
It’s written into the Chicago municipal code. Sorry for the boring and unsexy answer, but that’s what it is.
The thing is, the placard remains in the possession of the individual.
Theoretically, that placard goes in whatever car is transporting that handicapped person.
But from your description of sitting at the meter for days on end, it may be a case of placard abuse.
If you suspect any placard hanky-panky, report any placard abuse here.
Recently, I parked in the 2700 block of N. Lincoln.
I found the local LAZ meter would not accept ANY of my three credit cards (I knew they were in good order) and I had no cash. I dutifully called the 800-phone number listed on the box and shared my complaint with a rather friendly lady.
I was not given any kind of transaction number that I could use to refer to the incident. I was told that everything should be “fine,” and that the broken box would be “noted.”
I went on to get my hair done at a nearby salon and 2 hours later walked out to find a $50 ticket on my car.
I assume my best bet to fight the ticket is to request a court date and bring a copy of my cell phone bill so I can show that I made a phone call on the day in question.
Any other ideas? Is that the best way to go?
Voting against everyone who voted for this whor-ible deal,
Fight the ticket. Explain the story like you did here. Tell them you reported the meter. Your cell phone bill will be helpful as well (GREAT thinking!).
The hearing officer will be able to access the broken meter database the LAZ customer service person made the report to.
You should be OK. This should work.
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