Parking ticket farce and fiasco

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On Friday evening, Sept. 13, I was visiting a friend who lives on Taylor, which has residential parking restrictions. She provided the bright yellow parking permit for our car as she always does. The parking permit was filled out, affixed to the windshield, and displayed directly above the Oak Park vehicle sticker on the passenger side of the car.

Inexplicably, I received a parking ticket for allegedly not having a parking pass displayed! The citation stated "Residential Permit Parking Only. No Parking Permit. Permit not visible anywhere." Not only was the permit visible, I had three witnesses who saw me fill it out and affix it to the windshield.

I sent in the appeal the next day and provided the documentation, including the parking permit itself which I removed from the windshield; I also explained that there were witnesses. Last week I received a Notice of Adjudication in the mail with no explanation, except for the finding: "Liable," signed by Administrative Law Judge Darlene Redmond.

It's really a farce that the village has no obligation to explain their ruling and that I'm liable for a ticket that was issued for no reason. Had I gone in to village hall to plead my case, I would have had to take off work and lose more in pay than the cost of the ticket.

I've always heard of the village's notorious mismanagement of parking issues and now I've got my own experience to back it up.

Betsy Leonard

Oak Park

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JenniferOP from Oak Park  

Posted: October 18th, 2013 1:35 PM

The Village issues Betsy Leonard a ticket without any justification. I know, because I issued her the guest pass. She received a ticket for having the pass posted in the wrong part of her car. The Village no longer prints instructions on the passes and does not have signage with instructions. How they think it is legal to issue tickets based on invisible information is beyond me. Is this just a ruse to add more $$ to the village coffers? Disgraceful.

$20 not $30 from Manager needs to Go  

Posted: October 16th, 2013 2:13 PM

3) If someone pays within 72 hours cut the fine by $5. Behavior should be the issue. 4) Make the overnight pass system digital. This will help cost reduction, tracking and communication. OP has too much salary overhead. Cut managers.

$20 not $30 from Parking Curse  

Posted: October 16th, 2013 2:10 PM

1) Reduce the employee cost ..go contract .. hire OP seniors .. OP stay at home moms ... OP college students. Make it less dramatic ... No insurance or benefits and ... another set of eyes invested in the fabric of the community. Or just issue less tickets. The screw all visitors all the time is not working. 2) Cut the price of the tickets to $ 20. $20 is enough to fine someone who is in a fix or forgot to move the car. They will avoid making the same mistake.

$20 not $ 30 from Reduce the fines  

Posted: October 16th, 2013 2:05 PM

With the outside administrator and parking employee cost ... the personnel overhead has got to be about 2M. With collected revenue at 70 % of issued, 50,000 tickets a year need to be written just to cover personnel cost. That's 4,000 tickets a month. Or 130 tickets a day/365 per year to pay the employee overhead. This is the crux of the problem. If the employees do not produce tickets, they have no budget and will get laid off. 1) Reduce the employee cost .. go contra

opbob23 from oak park  

Posted: October 16th, 2013 1:28 PM

This unfornuate visitor confused a parking permit with a parking pass. Permits are sold to residents who must park within the designated permit area. Passes are issued to visitors who may not park in the permit-only areas. If a car with a parking pass parks in the permit area, that takes away a parking space from a permit holder who would then be forced to park outside of the permit area and end uo getting a ticket for parking outside of the permit-only area. i hope this clears things up. :-/

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