Tag Archives: Chicago Parking Tickets
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.
According to NBC 5′s Carol Marin, after a big bump in parking ticket issuance in 2013, this year is off to a bad start–and the so-called “polar vortex.” is to blame.
With Chicago city sticker sales poised to begin the transition to year round sales this spring, the City Clerk’s office announced some other changes to the program including doing away with the traditional 15-day grace period before enforcement begins.
As Chicago drivers are well aware, from time immemorial Chicago city stickers had to be purchased between May and the end of June. With city stickers officially expiring on June 31st of each year, drivers were always allowed a 15-day grace period to come into compliance before they could be ticketed for not having a city sticker on their car’s windshield. Tickets for failure to purchase and/or display a city sticker is $200.
And while crime did drop last year, the redeployment of officers from desk jobs to beat duty has had another possible outcome: more parking tickets.
After years of steady declines, the number of parking tickets issued in the city went up last year to 2.5 million, a 6 percent increase from 2012, data from the Chicago Department of Finance shows. It was the first time that the number of tickets issued actually increased from the previous year since 2008, when 2.75 million tickets were written.
While several different city agencies and private companies issued the tickets, the biggest jump last year was in the amount of tickets written by police officers, who penned more than 1 million of them in 2013. That’s nearly 170,0000, or nearly 20 percent, more than they wrote in 2012.
Police spokesman Adam Collins insisted police brass did not order officers to write up more parking scofflaws.
I received a ticket for blocking a fire hydrant.
But I parked there one evening because the snow was so high that the hydrant and the yellow curb were not visible.
Is there a way to contest this?
Most of us are exasperated with the tremendous amount of snow in the city this winter, Katie.
But would you have ever thought that in this instance, the snow actually works to your advantage in fighting this parking ticket?
Read more at DNA Info Chicago.
Counterfeit parking meter receipts, that’s what.
According to the Chicago Tribune, unscrupulous valet parking companies may be producing their own fake parking meter receipts using a personal computer and a printer.
The Trib says valet parking companies are supposed to park customer cars in private garages or off street lots. But supposedly, some valet services try to cut corners and costs by parking cars on the street and allegedly some are using counterfeit meter receipts to cut costs even further.
Maureen received a letter from the city claiming her car was parked in the city in violation of rush-hour parking restrictions and she needed to cough up the $60 fine.
The problem was, on the date and time in question, she said her car was parked in the lot where she works in west suburban Naperville.
While the violation notice was issued to her vehicle, the photo in the notice was of another license plate on the same make of vehicle and same expiration date, but the plate was off by a single digit.
Maureen contested the ticket by mail and was quite surprised when the administrative law judge upheld the violation.
She was angry and confused when she got the letter from the city informing her she was still responsible for the ticket — so she emailed “Ask the Parking Ticket Geek.”
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.
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.
Dear Parking Ticket Geek,
I received a ticket in a spot in Lincoln Park that I have parked in at least 30 times with no problem. It is on the end of a block, near a crosswalk, without a sign restricting parking.
But the ticket says it’s for “Parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk.”
If this is really true, it would eliminate thousands of spots that Chicagoans use every day. Think I can beat it?
Rest assured Tedd, you were parked perfectly legally.
Read the rest at DNA Info Chicago.
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