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Okay so I got a parking ticket today, so did the bike parked a few spots down from me. I've been parking there for about a month now. The ticket is for
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09-64-200(b) Outside Metered Space as designated by pavement markings $50.00
As I was about to pull away, the other biker was getting ready to go so I wheeled by him and said something about how nice it was to come out of work and find a ticket. He said that he contests them and pretty much wins, because there's no pavement markings anywhere. Does anyone else have experience with this sort of ticket?

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Agreed, I'm taking my digital cam to take a pic of the spot then write a note and mail it in I guess... contesting in person is a bit of a pain but if they dont take it by mail then I'll go in
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Make sure you state why you were not in violation of the specific law in question. I've had luck attaching a couple pictures to a cover letter and paying the $0.4X to mail it.

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And 2nd parking ticket in two days! Okay so whoever is working this street this week is a BITCH or something... four bikes got $150 tickets already this morning for "Park in or block alley" even though we're all completely clear of the alley...

I think I need another option for where to park, unfortunately the garages near me either don't allow bike parking at all or want normal monthly car rates to park a bike...
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Oh yeah, then I'll get a ticket for 9-76-160 (a) $50.00 Missing Rear or Front Plate, PLUS whatever else they cite me for and they'll just do a VIN lookup for the registration and plate # ....
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Oh yeah, then I'll get a ticket for 9-76-160 (a) $50.00 Missing Rear or Front Plate, PLUS whatever else they cite me for and they'll just do a VIN lookup for the registration and plate # ....
My bad, I've never gone over the Chicago Municipal Code before. Whats a cop doing giving out parking tickets for anyway?
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Did you park in the same spot as the first time you got the ticket?

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Did you park in the same spot as the first time you got the ticket?
No, the side of the street I was on yesterday is street cleaning today so I parked directly across the street, all four bikes that normally park on my block move back and forth from one side to the other depending on how cars are parked and street cleaning days and whatnot. I've been parking there for a month now and the first ticket was yesterday, then another today, my guess is it's end of month and they're trying to reach quota or something. *shrug*
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From what I understand there really isn't a quota for writing tickets, its an urban myth.

That being said I've known motorcyclists to get tickets when they try to put more than 1 bike in a metered spot. The city of Chicago unfortunately treats bikes the same as cars: 1 vehicle for 1 space. I'm not sure if this applies to your situation, though.

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My bad, I've never gone over the Chicago Municipal Code before. Whats a cop doing giving out parking tickets for anyway?
Downtown, there are specific "meter maids" whose sole job is to roam around and ticket vehicles. They're not full-blown police officers.
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Downtown, there are specific "meter maids" whose sole job is to roam around and ticket vehicles. They're not full-blown police officers.
I understand this, however there was a thread discussing this before. G2G who mentioned that these "meter maids" don't have access to VIN lookups, therefore making it impossible for them to ticket a vehicle without a plate unless an officer is present.

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Yes and Yes When i park in a questionable spot I take my plate off. Beacause the ones in the city of chicago are the meter maids and they don't have acces to vin #'s. Just the plate #'s
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I understand this, however there was a thread discussing this before. G2G who mentioned that these "meter maids" don't have access to VIN lookups, therefore making it impossible for them to ticket a vehicle without a plate unless an officer is present.
So what would stop them from writing down the VIN and handing it over to the cops later?

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So what would stop them from writing down the VIN and handing it over to the cops later?
Nothing except for effort, they would need to mail you the ticket if they did that as well. Anyway, ask G2G what his experience on the matter has been.
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What if a cop drives by and sees no plate? I'm just saying removing the plate an extra risk I wouldn't want to take.

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What if a cop drives by and sees no plate? I'm just saying removing the plate an extra risk I wouldn't want to take.
Nothing, except parking laws in Chicago do require you to park 90 degrees to the curb, which puts your plate away from the street anyways.. so it would be a foot beat cop that would more likely see the lack of a plate, or a meter maid to call for an officer to come write another ticket *shrug* but anyways +1 on not risking removing the plate =)
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Was the ticket in an envelope and like a printed receipt type paper?
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What if a cop drives by and sees no plate? I'm just saying removing the plate an extra risk I wouldn't want to take.
They have it towed+ticket. No Joke, and much more expensive than ticket alone.

A vehicle without a plate can also be ticketed for failure to display current registration.

Pulling the plate used to be SOP in New York City for bikes (many bikes had magnetic plate mounts), but now NYC is cracking down and towing bikes.

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Was the ticket in an envelope and like a printed receipt type paper?
Nope, handwritten orange envelope style.
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I wouldn't remove the plate, great way to get towed and go pay $150+ to pick-up your nice scratched/dented bike from the lot.

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I once got a "no front plate" ticket (on my motorcycle) from one of Chicagos hardest working meter maids...

That said it's good to see they are providing jobs for the mentally handicapped...

All that said.. I am sure that shits still floating out there somewhere because I just tore it up and walked away...
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Nope, handwritten orange envelope style.
Generally speaking if it was in an envelope it was a meter maid. The regular ticket books for cops end up being stickered to a windshield or whatever.
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Generally speaking if it was in an envelope it was a meter maid. The regular ticket books for cops end up being stickered to a windshield or whatever.
My exp has always been the opposites.. cops write em out.. the meter maids walk around with their little machines and just print em out...

I know your a cop.. but I see 30.. 40.. or so of those people a day walking up and down both sides of the street.. at home.. at work... hell they are out there at 3am on our side streets nailing people for not having a zone pass or whatever...

One of our guests just got one the other day for not having their temp zone sticker we gave her filled out... they took a picture of the offense.. Since we are good hosts (or my wife is) we are paying the effin ticket... @#[email protected]!# and i dont see how we can fight it.. since the new system has them taking pictures of the offense...
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My exp has always been the opposites.. cops write em out.. the meter maids walk around with their little machines and just print em out...

I know your a cop.. but I see 30.. 40.. or so of those people a day walking up and down both sides of the street.. at home.. at work... hell they are out there at 3am on our side streets nailing people for not having a zone pass or whatever...

One of our guests just got one the other day for not having their temp zone sticker we gave her filled out... they took a picture of the offense.. Since we are good hosts (or my wife is) we are paying the effin ticket... @#[email protected]!# and i dont see how we can fight it.. since the new system has them taking pictures of the offense...
That's what I was trying to say...cop tickets are almost always handwritten and not in envelopes. The metermaid crew is an entirely different outfit and not under police authority. Not sure why they wear badges/star like cops! :P

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