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Trying to sell your car?
Whatever you do, don’t park it on a Chicago street with a For Sale sign in the window–lest you risk an expensive $100 parking ticket.
Sure, it sounds a bit excessive, or perhaps an instance of big brother run amok. Allegedly, back in the day, the law was passed to clamp down on car dealers along Western Avenue from using the street as a an additional and free lot to hawk their inventory.
While the original intent of the municipal code may not have been to hassle individual car owners trying to unload an extra vehicle, that’s essentially who bears the brunt of the law in the modern day. Vehicle owners unaware of the law find out the hard and costly way when they come back to their car to find their windows plastered with $100 orange tickets.
9-80-080 Parking for certain purposes prohibited.
(a) It shall be unlawful to park any vehicle upon any roadway for the sole purpose of displaying the vehicle for sale. The vehicle shall be subject to vehicle impoundment under Section 9-92-030(c). Any person that violates this subsection shall be fined $100.00. Each day the vehicle remains in violation of this subsection shall constitute a separate and distinct offense for which a separate penalty shall be imposed.
While many ticketed motorists opt to fight their ticket by contesting by mail, the driver’s best chance at victory is to contest a ticket at an in-person hearing.
There are several ways to schedule a hearing.
BY MAIL: Simply check the box that requests an in-person hearing on the original violation, fill in your name and address, and mail it to the address listed on the back of the ticket.
It’s recommended you keep a copy of the ticket as reference for your ticket hearing defense.
If you haven’t scheduled the hearing using your original ticket, you can still mail in a hearing request when the Notice of Violation comes in the mail. It’s the same general process as mailing in your request using the original violation. Fill out the form at the bottom and detach it from the top of the letter and mail it to the address on the notice.
IN-PERSON: You can also drop off your hearing request at any of the city’s Administrative Hearing locations around the city. Just bring your violation or notice of violation to the parking ticket hearing desk and tell them you want to schedule a hearing. They’ll file your request and normally, they’ll give you a date and time stamped receipt to keep in your files–just in case the request is somehow lost and you need evidence you actually requested a hearing.
If you don’t have your ticket info with you, most clerk’s are kind enough to look up your ticket, print it out and file your hearing request right there.
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.
Mr. Parking Meter guy,
This morning I parked my car at Damen off North Avenue to get a cup of coffee before heading to work.
I parked my car and walked almost a block to the parking meter box to see two people ahead of me paying to park. I patiently waited in the frigid cold for about two minutes before my turn came up to pay. I put in 25 cents to pay for 10 minutes, got my receipt, walked to my car and BOOM: orange ticket on my car!
The parking ticket was issued at 9:31 a.m. but my parking meter receipt says 9:33.
Is this legal? how can they get away with this?
Boy, I really dig this woman.
Loreen Targos fought and beat the 53 parking tickets she was issued for parking her motorcycle in a legal parking spot on Randolph Street near State Street.
The spot in question, according to the Chicago Tribune’s Problem Solver column, was un-metered and was not marked with any signs prohibiting or restricting parking.
Initially, she only won 51 of the 53 tickets she contested through the Department of Administrative Hearings. On two of the tickets she was found responsible. But, being the feisty woman she is, Targos she filed an appeal to the Cook County Circuit Court which is not an inexpensive process.
Seemingly inspired by an unjust parking ticket, one Chicago driver tries to exact some video revenge.
View more videos at: http://www.nbcchicago.com.
NBC 5′s Lisa Parker is back on the parking ticket beat.
First she helps a driver ticketed while his car was parked in a garage in the suburbs get some ticket justice.
Then, she shares research from successful parking ticket defenses on how to beat parking tickets.
Check out her full story at the NBC 5 website.
But Mr. Tanner, after getting two tickets in February for not displaying a Chicago city sticker, decided to do something about it and fight back.
Unfortunately, Tanner’s sticker was one of the tens of thousands of city stickers sold last year without enough adhesive to remain affixed to his windshield.
The cold weather of the Blizzard of 2011 ultimately took its toll and Tanner’s sticker wound up on the floor of his car and thus, replaced by two orange tickets on his windshield.
Tanner does an amazing job of documenting how the entire process of his journey from violation to building a case to ultimately having both tickets dismissed at his hearing on his blog, SteveandAmySly.com.
This time around, NBC 5′s cameras are spotlighting a young lady who was ticketed for an early morning rush hour violation despite no sign in sight.
She photographed the street and lack of a sign prohibiting rush hour parking and mailed the photos along with her contest letter to the Department of Revenue.
Despite documenting the lack of a sign, the driver was still found liable.
Back in 2005, the Chicago City Council passed a controversial law prohibiting motorists from using a cell phone without a hands free device back.
It was one of the country’s earliest municipal bans on driving while using a cell phone without a hands free device and it was not without controversy. Some people embraced the move, while others felt it was just another strategy to generate more revenue for the city.
The law was changed in 2008 to take it from being adjudicated as a moving violation and making it essentially the equivalent of a parking ticket or red light camera violation.
Since 2005, tens of thousands of drivers in Chicago have been slapped with a $100 ticket for driving with a cell phone up to their ear.
But there are ways to avoid cell phone driving tickets as well as fighting them successfully when they’re issued improperly.