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Ask The Parking Ticket Geek: The Parking Lot ‘Parking Ticket’

Ben shows off a "parking ticket" he received at an LAZ Parking lot in Lincoln Park.

Ben shows off a “parking ticket” he received at an LAZ Parking lot in Lincoln Park.

Dear Parking Ticket Geek,

Last Friday I paid for parking in an uncovered lot managed by LAZ Parking at the corner of Weed Street and North Fremont Street from 7:55 p.m. until 4 a.m. The machine asked me to type the last three characters of my license plate.

When the receipt printed, it did not have any written explanation of where to place it. In fact, it didn’t even say to display it, and neither did the machine that printed the ticket. I assumed this must be why I had to key in my last three characters of my plate.

So I simply put the receipt in my wallet and headed off.

How wrong I was!

When I returned to the lot before 4 a.m., I found a ticket for $50. I contested this ticket with an email that included a photo of both my ticket and the receipt. They responded to my email in legalese saying I still have to pay the parking ticket, but they’ll reduce it to $30.

Am I really liable?

Ben

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CBS 2: City Parking Ticket Photos Don’t Prove Violation

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.

Ask The Parking Ticket Geek: The Snow Covered Hydrant Caper

Katie and the fire hydrant

Where’s the fire hydrant? Katie points out the fire hydrant covered with snow where she was issued a parking ticket.

Hey Geek,

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?

Katie

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
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Ask the Parking Ticket Geek: The Case of the Mixed-Up License Plates

 Maureen stands in front of her vehicle in a suburban parking lot showing off the letter from the city dismissing her ticket. Inset: A photo from the city's website shows the license plate of the vehicle should have received the ticket she was issued.


Maureen stands in front of her vehicle in a suburban parking lot showing off the letter from the city dismissing her ticket. Inset: A photo from the city’s website shows the license plate of the vehicle should have received the ticket she was issued.

One of our readers reached out to us with an interesting situation.

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.”

Read more at DNA Info.

Angry Over Parking Ticket Decision, Man Arrested After Posting Video Threatening A Judge

One of the approximately 2 million parking tickets issued every year in Chicago.It’s never a good idea to threaten someone–especially a city worker.

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.

Ask The Parking Ticket Geek: Why Can’t I Park Near A Crosswalk?

Crosswalk confusion

Tedd stands near the Lincoln Park crosswalk on Halsted Street where his car was improperly ticketed.

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? 

Tedd

Rest assured Tedd, you were parked perfectly legally.

Read the rest at DNA Info Chicago.

If you have a parking ticket question for The Parking Ticket Geek, email your query to: askthegeek (at) theexpiredmeter.com

Ask The Parking Ticket Geek

Billy stands next to the parking meter pay box on Damen Avenue in Wicker Park where he was paying to park while his car was getting ticketed.

Billy stands next to the parking meter pay box on Damen Avenue in Wicker Park where he was paying to park while his car was getting ticketed.

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?

Billy

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Woman Contests & Beats 53 Chicago Parking Tickets

Dismissed-ticket-horizontalBoy, 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.

Ask The Parking Ticket Geek: In-Person Vs. Contesting By Mail

Andy leans against the hood of his car that clearly has a front license plate.

Dear PTG,

I received a ticket for municipal code violation 9-76-160A (Rear and front license plates required).

But both plates were on the vehicle. I contested by mail and enclosed pictures showing both plates attached.

I was just notified in the mail that the ticket was upheld.

What more can I do at an appeal to the Circuit Court of Cook County? Is it worth it?

Andy

Andy: Unfortunately, this is an example of why I frown on contesting parking tickets by mail.

Read more at DNA Info.

Got a question about a parking ticket or driving in Chicago? E-mail the Parking Ticket Geek at: askthegeek (at) theexpiredmeter.com

Ask The Parking Ticket Geek: What Happened To My ‘Free’ Sunday Parking?

Mindy gives her nemesis, the parking meter paybox a hug despite getting an expired meter ticket last Sunday.

Dear Geek,

On Sunday I parked on Halsted Street between Division and North Avenue.

As I was returning to my car, I noticed tickets on most of the cars and yes, there was one on mine. I’m a stickler for making sure I’m parked in nonrestricted areas and pay the meter, even if I’m going to be gone for 5 minutes.

The reason I didn’t pay the meter yesterday is because it was Sunday. I thought all meters were free on Sunday. There should be a visible sign posted indicating parking must be paid on Sundays. Right?

What are my chances of getting this dismissed if I contest it?

Mindy

Sorry Mindy, unfortunately there’s no such thing as “free Sunday parking” in that part of Lincoln Park.

Read the rest of the answer at DNA Info Chicago.

If you have a question about parking, speed camera, or red light camera tickets or driving in the city, e-mail the Parking Ticket Geek at: info@theexpiredmeter.com