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Geek Talks Snow Related Parking Tickets On Outside The Loop Radio

Snow warning signHas all this snow been driving you insane?

It’s certainly been a challenge for motorists in Chicago.

The Parking Ticket Geek joins Mike Stephen, the host of Outside the Loop Radio, Thursday morning at 10 AM to chat and vent about all the crazy snow related parking tickets and other driving issues.

Listen or stream Outside the Loop Radio on WLUW 88.7 FM at 10 AM.

Parking Meter Company Enforcement Crews Writing Millions Of Dollars In Tickets Every Year

An enforcement vehicle for CPM sits parked at a parking meter in the Wicker Park neighborhood.

An enforcement vehicle for CPM sits parked at a parking meter in the Wicker Park neighborhood.

For the past few years, city parking meter enforcement crews have had a private team of ticket writers helping them do their jobs — and helping fill the city’s coffers with millions of dollars in additional revenues.

The team actually works for Chicago Parking Meters LLC, the private company that took over control of the city’s 36,000 metered-parking spaces in the infamous 75-year deal that jacked up parking rates and lengthened the hours of enforcement all over the city.

But part of the deal the company made with the city gave it the right to help enforce the meters — by writing more tickets than the cash-strapped city’s own parking enforcers could do otherwise.

In fact, the company has very quietly issued hundreds of thousands of tickets for expired meter violations since 2010, city parking data obtained through a Freedom of Information request shows.

Meter teams working for Chicago Parking Meters now write nearly one-third of all tickets issued citywide for expired meter violations, the data shows.

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

Parking Tickets Continue Despite Broken Street Cleaning Signs

Street cleaning signs in the Tri-Taylor area don't work, but the city continues to issue parking tickets.

Residents in the Tri-Taylor neighborhood are frustrated and confused their cars continue to be ticketed for street cleaning violations despite street signs that are working improperly.

According to residents in this small section of the 25th ward along 13th Street near Western and Ogden Avenues, the city installed metal street signs restricting parking on days when street cleaning was scheduled several years ago.

Department of Finance spokesperson Kelley Quinn explains the lights installed on the top of the sign would flash red on days street cleaning would was scheduled and green all other times. When street cleaning was completed on the street it could be switched from red to green, therefore allowing residents to re-park sooner than the normal 3 PM time listed on the standard orange colored temporary paper signs used to warn drivers the street sweeper was coming.

“This was part of a pilot program from five years ago,” said Quinn. “Red meant sweeping was going on, green meant sweeping was finished.”

On Monday street cleaning was scheduled in the area and a handful of residents were outside scrambling to move their vehicles around 9 AM before the street sweepers start cleaning the streets.

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

Tribune Exposes South Suburban Parking Ticket Scandal

A group of south suburban drivers have been trying to pay off unpaid parking tickets, but poor bookkeeping and new state legislation has some motorists paying much more than they’re supposed to according to an expose’ in the Chicago Tribune.

Drivers in Blue Island, Crestwood and Chicago Heights have come forward with stories of owing money for unpaid parking tickets, but are being over charged by collection firms.

Alderman Beale Feels Parking Ticket Fine Increases Excessive

Ald. Anthony Beale. Photo credit: Wendell Hutson/DNA Info

South Side Alderman Anthony Beale (9th) isn’t taking kindly to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to increase fines on some parking violations and fees for impounded cars.

Beale believes these increases will disproportionately affect residents of lesser means according to DNA Info.

“I understand that we have to get creative to plug this hole but it seems like our creativity is coming off the backs of the poor and middle class,” Beale said. “Increasing rush-hour parking violations to $100 from $60 or storage fees for impounded cars to $20 from $10 is excessive.”

Ticket Writing Continues Outside Closed Chicago School

A no parking sign outside the closed Lafayette Elementary. Photo credit: Darryl Holliday/DNA Info.

Despite the fact that the Chicago Board of Education closed 50 schools this year, some drivers who are parking outside of at least one shuttered school are getting parking tickets.

According to DNA Info, motorists parking outside of Lafayette Elementary in the 2700 block of West Augusta Blvd. have been getting ticketed for “no parking during school hours” even though no children are inside studying their reading, writing and ‘rithmatic.

Residents are, understandably, upset.

“The sign says during school hours, but the school is closed. … That’s why we left the car there” resident Anadely Rios told DNA Info. “It’s unfair. They’re giving tickets like crazy. … They just want to give people the boot.”

Scooter Owner Tries Schooling Parking Ticket Writers

After being given parking tickets while parked legally over and over again, one Chicago scooter owner is trying to educate poorly trained ticket writers.

According to News Radio 780, a Lakeview woman parks her scooter in a Residential Permit Parking zone in the South Loop neighborhood.

Now, according to city municipal code, it is perfectly legal to park motorcycles or scooters in an RPP zone.

Tribune Columnist Assists Drivers With Parking Ticket Problems

Chicago Tribune Problem Solver columnist Jon Yates

Chicago Tribune columnist Jon Yates is the Problem Solver.

Yates’ entire work existence is helping consumers get some sort of justice when wronged by companies or government bureaucracies.

Of course, if you own a car in Chicago, parking tickets is one of these chronic issues which come up regularly in his What’s Your Problem column.

Yates has an update in his most recent article including a woman who has received over 50 tickets for parking in a no parking zone despite the fact she was parked legally.

After a lull in the steady stream of tickets she experienced last summer, she tells the Trib the tickets have started up again.

Red Light Cameras May Soon Issue Parking, Traffic Tickets?

A sign warns drivers of red light cameras at Kedzie & Irving Park

Could red light cameras be used to give out parking tickets, too?

The City of Chicago, while searching for a new vendor to operate its controversial red light camera program, is asking bidders for ideas on how else to use the cameras, including spotting parking violators.

The city insists it’s just asking at this point and has no plans to use the red light cameras to ticket drivers for anything other than running red lights.

But one critic said the aggressiveness of the city’s camera enforcement “makes my hair stand on end.”

“Chicago has to be the most predatory camera city in the country,” said James Walker, executive director of the National Motorists Association Foundation.

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

Parking Tickets On The Rise In Arlington Heights

It seems like some suburban towns are learning from the City of Chicago.

The Chicago Tribune reports parking tickets in Arlington Heights were up 18% in 2012.

The volume of tickets rose from 14,724 in 2011 to 17,346 in 2012, which is dramatically up from just two years ago when only 11,685 tickets were issued back in 2010.

The story says there’s no explanation for the impressive increase as the number of parking enforcement personnel has remained constant at five.

Perhaps the most interesting nugget of data is that, despite increases in ticket volume, the number of drivers contesting parking violations has gone down a smidgen.

While 17,346 parking tickets seems like a lot of tickets for a suburban town, it’s still a drop in the bucket compared to Chicago which issues over two million tickets each year.

Here’s the Tribune story, “Parking tickets up in Arlington Heights.”