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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.

Trib Problem Solver Gets Parking Meter Refund For Driver

That darn Problem Solver is at it again.

Chicago Tribune reporter and consumer advocate Jon Yates has cometo the aid of a driver who overpaid for parking in a metered parking lot controlled by Chicago Parking Meters, LLC.

It seems the lady accidentally pressed the “Max” button during her credit card transaction, but claims she pressed “Cancel” to end the transaction.

She says she then restarted the transaction to obtain three hours worth of parking, but the receipt that printed reflected the 12 hour price–$19.60.

She called the LAZ help line immediately and reported the operators were very helpful and said they’d get her refund processed pronto.

Tribune Editorial Board Still Hate Parking Meter Lease Deal

At least they are consistent.

The Chicago Tribune editorial board told City Council members to vote against the original and now infamous, Chicago parking meter lease deal back in 2008 under Mayor Daley.

Fast forward to the present, and the Trib editorial board is imploring current Mayor Rahm Emanuel to figure out a way to renegotiate the ultra-craptacular one sided deal that may cost Chicago more than the $1.16 billion it got as payment for the 75 year lease of the city’s metered parking concession.

Trib Problem Solver Gets Driver Parking Ticket Justice

You gotta give it to the Chicago Tribune’s Jon Yates.

He gets things done.

That’s probably why he’s called the Problem Solver.

In his most recent column, Yates takes up the parking ticket dilemma of a local driver who very carefully parked on a metered side of a northside street where meter enforcement ends at 6 PM.

After working out at a local gym, he returned to his car to find a parking ticket on his windshield for an expired meter issued at 6:03 PM.


Turns out, directly across the street, metered parking ends at 9 PM. Confusing to be sure, but a mistake on the part of the ticket writer.

Chicago Magazine Wants Your Meter Receipts

They settle between dashboard and windshield, slip under seats, and coalesce on the floor of your car’s passenger seat.

If you drive and park often on metered Chicago streets, those damn white with green parking meter receipts will infest your car if you’re not careful.

But now, instead of sticking your expired meter receipts into the trash, Chicago Magazine wants you to send your old parking meter receipts to them.

What the hell for you ask?

Motorists’ Wallets Will Suffer In New Year

When local governments are broke, motorists should hide their wallets.

Car owners always seem to be the fall guys when local governments can’t balance their budgets.

Perhaps in no year is this more true than in 2012 when drivers will see an avalanche of fees, fines and cost increases to help bring in much needed revenue to cash starved government.

Here’s The Expired Meter’s roundup of the many cost increases drivers should expect to see when we ring in the new year.

Drivers May Keep Expired Meter Grace Period

Waguespack To Extend 5-Minute Grace Period Beyond April 1

With just a few weeks before Mayor Daley’s five minute grace period for expired meter violations quietly sunsets on April 1st, 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack has jumped in to help drivers by introducing an amendment to make this ordinance permanent.

Smarting from a constant barrage of criticism over his handling of the privatization of Chicago’s parking meter system, Daley introduced an ordinance early last year that would give drivers parked in a metered space a 5-minute grace period to save them from a $50 ticket if they were a few moments late returning to their car.

Man Gets Ticketed While Paying For Parking

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Poor Scott Larsen.

All he wanted to do was pay for his parking downtown on the first day of $5 per hour meter rates.

Parking Meter Politics Heat Up Mayoral, Aldermanic Races

From a political perspective, this year’s mayoral and aldermanic elections in Chicago may hinge on the normally innocuous issue of parking meters.

After Chicago’s parking meter system was privatized by Mayor Daley in December 2008, and created a slew of problems that have left eight out of ten Chicagoans angry over the deal according to a Chicago Tribune poll conducted in July, parking meters make interesting politics this election cycle.

Parking Meter Pay Boxes Pop Up On Touhy

It certainly seemed to be a Halloween trick to businesses in the 50th ward.

After years of free parking, a parking meter pay boxes were installed in the 2900 block of N. Touhy on October 31st according to a report by Newsradio 780.

It seems that some pay boxes have recently been removed from nearby Devon Ave. But under the new Chicago parking meter lease deal, metered spaces cannot just be removed by the alderman like in the old days–they must be moved to another location–or the city has to pay a penalty to Chicago Parking Meters, LLC.