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Luxe is an app that let’s drivers have a valet park your car, no matter where you may want to park.
The on-the-fly valet service is offering motorists what they are calling “parking ticket amnesty” by giving credits for their service to users who’ve recently been hit with an expensive parking ticket.
Parking tickets issued to drivers parked in bike lanes has steadily increased over the past five years according to a report from DNA Info Chicago.
Tickets for this violation has increased year over year for the past five.
2,473 of these tickets were issued in 2015, about 150 tickets more than 2014, but much higher than 2011 when only 1,115 were written.
Part of the increase may be attributed to an increase in the number of miles of bike lanes in the past five years. The city has added 106 miles of buffered or protected bike lanes since Mayor Rahm Emanuel took office in 2011. Many of these newer bike lanes are in heavily congested parts of the city.
While bike lane violations are up, some bike riders believe drivers continue to park illegally in bike lanes and that the city needs to ramp up its enforcement.
Here’s DNA Info’s full story, “A Cyclist’s Revenge: City Cracking Down on Cars in Bike Lanes, Data Shows.“
Tens of thousands of Chicagoans came out of hiding to pay long-overdue tickets and city fines, adding $5.7 million to city coffers during the most recent amnesty program, according to the city’s Department of Finance.
Scofflaws with unpaid tickets and other debts took advantage of a six-week debt relief program, which temporarily returned all outstanding debt for tickets, business taxes and administrative fines to the original fine amount, minus late fees and collection costs. Those who took advantage during the Nov. 15 to Dec. 31 amnesty saw their debt go down by more than 50 percent in many cases.
Facing a huge budget deficit and with over $1.5 billion in uncollected parking, red light and speed camera tickets, Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed the amnesty during fall budget hearings.
Of the total collected amount, $5.3 million came from motorists paying old parking and red light camera tickets from before 2012. Another $340,000 came from unpaid administrative fines and about $14,000 from overdue business taxes, according to the finance department.
“The fact that over 90,000 parking and red light tickets got paid off — that’s a success,” said Department of Finance spokesperson Molly Poppe. “We’re happy with this number.”
Though the program ran for six weeks, about half the close to $6 million was collected during the last two weeks of the amnesty, she said.
Michael Palascak is a comedian is from Chicago.
So, he knows what he’s had some experience driving in Chicago.
He recently went on the Conan O’Brien Show to share some hilarious insight into dealing with Chicago parking tickets.
Chicago drivers have been hit with a spike in parking tickets for expired registrations since the Illinois Secretary of State stopped sending out mailers to remind them to renew their license plate stickers this past fall.
According to Chicago Department of Finance data, city ticket writers wrote 4,230 more tickets for expired registrations in November and December of 2015 compared to the same two months last year. Expired registration violations rose from a combined 70,857 for November and December in 2014 to a total of 75,087 for November and December in 2015 — a 6 percent increase.
With the violation carrying a fine of $60, the increase is turning into a mild windfall for the city, potentially adding $250,000 in revenue to the city’s books. The fine goes up by $20 for those who don’t renew within 30 days of a license plate expiring.
The story starts back in September when the Illinois Secretary of State stopped mailing renewal forms to vehicle owners. With Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Illinois General Assembly in a stalemate over the budget, Secretary of State officials say the agency could save $450,000 to $500,000. Officials said mailing license plates and titles took priority over sending the renewal notices, which cost $6 million a year.
“We don’t want to hurt anyone or have anyone get a ticket,” says Secretary of State spokesperson Dave Druker. “But the question was, which was more important? To get stickers, plates and titles out to people or reminders? It was a tough call, but if you look at what the priorities were it is a pretty basic decision.”
As Chicagoans count down the minutes to 2016, time is also expiring on the city’s ticket amnesty program.
The debt relief program, which started November 15th, is now in its final hours–ending at 11:59 PM on December 31st.
The city will double the fine of a ticket if the vehicle owner doesn’t pay in a timely manner, then tack on interest and collection fees as well.
The amnesty is a rare opportunity for scofflaws with unpaid parking and red light camera tickets from before 2012, to pay at the original amount. The city’s last amnesty was back in 2009.
But you can’t wait until the New Year, because at midnight January 1st, all the old late fees, and additional fines will be restored.
Scofflaws can check online to see if they have outstanding tickets and pay online as well.
What are you waiting for?
With just a few days left for Chicagoans to take advantage of the city’s Debt Relief Program, the city is on pace to pocket several million bucks and retire tens of thousands of old parking and red light camera tickets.
The amnesty, which began Nov. 15, ends on Dec. 31 and allows for those with past due debt of any kind, including water bills, administrative fines for municipal violations like building code and business license violations, parking and red light tickets to pay off the unpaid violations at the original amount.
However, only debt incurred prior to 2012 is eligible for the amnesty.
The six-week program allows scofflaws to pay the initial fine or debt amount, without any taxes, administrative fines, penalties, interest and collection costs tacked on in the subsequent years.
As an example, a parking ticket fine which has doubled due to non-payment and then interest and collection fees tacked on over the years, will be reduced to the original amount of the fine.
Vehicle owners already on a payment plan are not eligible for fee and fine discounts. In addition any tow fees, boot fees, storage fees, administrative fees or court costs cannot be discounted.
Every December 1st, the Chicago begins its winter overnight parking ban which prohibits parking from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. on 107 miles of what are considered critical arterial streets throughout Chicago. The ban continues until March 31st, even if there isn’t any snow on the ground.
The city says the ban is necessary to keep these major thoroughfares clear of cars in order to help in snow removal in case of a surprise major snowstorm, according to Department of Streets and Sanitation spokesperson Jennifer Martinez.
The ban “just helps our crews in their ability to clean up any snow from these crucial routes and help people get to work or school in case there was a big storm,” said Martinez.
Drivers who ignore the ban face an expensive and inconvenient Tuesday morning retrieving a vehicle from one of Chicago’s auto pounds. It will cost a towed motorist $150 for the tow, a $20 auto pound storage fee and a $60 parking ticket — a total of $230.
Fox Chicago News reports on city’s parking and red light camera ticket amnesty program, which allows vehicle owners to pay tickets from before 2012 at face value–without any of the additional fines for paying late or collection fees.
The reporting is mildly erroneous stating that scofflaws can pay off old speed camera tickets, however no speed camera tickets would be eligible as the city’s speed camera program began in 2013.
The amnesty program lasts until December 31st, 2015.
After that date all the discounted fees would be reinstated.
This six week period is a great way for scofflaws to pay off old tickets at the original, face value of the ticket–a savings of at least 50% of what was owed.
Chicagoans with older unpaid parking tickets, red light camera tickets and administrative hearing fines can finally catch a break on late fees and fines starting Sunday.
Facing a giant budget deficit and showing over $1.5 billion in unpaid fines from parking, red light tickets and fines for administrative citations like building code violations and drinking in public, Mayor Rahm Emanuel finally relented to calls for an amnesty program during recent budget hearings. The last amnesty was in early 2009 when Richard M. Daley was still in office.
From November 15 through December 31, the city will waive all taxes, administrative fines, penalties, interest and collection costs accrued on tickets issued before 2012.
For example, a parking ticket fine which has doubled and had interest and collection fees tacked on over the years, will be reduced to the original fine amount. With the way fees and fines add up, many people will see up to a 50 percent reduction in the amount of money they owe the city on longstanding tickets.
Unfortunately, only violations or fines from before December 31st, 2011 are eligible for the amnesty, and it only works if you pay it off in this six-week period.
Department of Finance spokesperson Molly Poppe explained that in the previous three amnesty programs, the most recent three to four years of tickets and fines were ineligible as well.
Read more at DNA Info Chicago.