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Ticket for parking a truck in the street

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so this morning I went to my truck - Ford Ranger - and found a ticket for parking a truck on a residential street.

I have been parking the Ranger in front of my house for the past two years, so I had no idea this was illegal.

The detail for the ticket was: Park Truck RV Bus Taxi on Residential St

I can understand a ticket for a truck being defined as a 14 wheeler, but a Ford Ranger?

Is it worth challenging? I mean, if I can only park the truck on the street, I don't want to keep getting ticketed.

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Fight It - What do you have to lose?
Yeah, but it just bugs me. I mean, a Ford Ranger??

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Yeah, but it just bugs me. I mean, a Ford Ranger??

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I fight EVERY ticket I get and get out of about 90% of them - Here is my recipe:

1. Take Pictures and include a copy of said vehicle and where it was parked
2. Write the letter on any kind of "Company Letterhead" you have and include a business card
3. Be VERY professional and VERY descriptive along with polite in the letter
4. Use as many 5 syllable words as you can as the person reading it will most likely get confused and just "clear it"
5. Sign it and include all your contact info and let them know you "Welcome the opportunity to discuss' if they have any questions
6. I cannot stress enough the level of professionalism and politeness you MUST provide to set you apart from all the other schmucks that write in

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Do you have any company logos/signs on the truck? Sometimes there are restrictions on parking of commercial vehicles.

Sorry for your troubles,
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What kind of plate...

Hi Tom,
The last letter is M.


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I fight EVERY ticket I get and get out of about 90% of them - Here is my recipe:

1. Take Pictures and include a copy of said vehicle and where it was parked
2. Write the letter on any kind of "Company Letterhead" you have and include a business card
3. Be VERY professional and VERY descriptive along with polite in the letter
4. Use as many 5 syllable words as you can as the person reading it will most likely get confused and just "clear it"
5. Sign it and include all your contact info and let them know you "Welcome the opportunity to discuss' if they have any questions
6. I cannot stress enough the level of professionalism and politeness you MUST provide to set you apart from all the other schmucks that write in

Good Luck
Thanks Bug, very good advice.

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Do you have any company logos/signs on the truck? Sometimes there are restrictions on parking of commercial vehicles.

Sorry for your troubles,
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Hi Greg,
no, just a plain white Ranger.
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That's BS, there's no way that should even be an issue! I start to hate this city more and more each day just by reading the shit that everyone has to deal with on here.

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That's BS, there's no way that should even be an issue! I start to hate this city more and more each day just by reading the shit that everyone has to deal with on here.
HAHAHA - I saw them swapping out the meters by my Bldg today - $2.00 an hour to park (use to be $1.00) with a 2 hr max

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I thought it was 14 quarters to park at a meter now??
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Fight It - What do you have to lose?
I fought in Cook County yesterday. My 13 mph over speeding ticket went from mailing in a $115 fine (something like that) with traffic school to $210 with 4 months supervision. Its a whole new game with Cook County. Grab the money, grab the guns, fuck the people.
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I thought it was 14 quarters to park at a meter now??
2 quarters for 15 mins - 8 quarters for an hour - 16 quarters for 2 hours


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I got two of those $25 tickets in the last two months. One issued on new years day. And I have been parking there for about 6-7 months now from time to time with out any problems. I guess city is feeling the pinch from this downturn in the economy and they have the police force out in revenue generating mode rather than fighting crime. And everyone knows this city has no bigger problems than people parking their pick up trucks on the city streets.
So I guess now that hard working folks who can't afford two cars and use the same truck for work and as their daily driver should just quit working and go on fucking welfare.
God I hate those fucking liberal, Ivy school, no real life experience law makers managing our lives. This is exactly what we need right now.
Cause every last one of you who ever worked a day in his life knows that an old POS V6 RWD Dodge like mine is an awesome commercial vehicle. Great for so many diverse business applications.
I'm fucking moving to Montana or somewhere where there are still people with good moral values and where common sense prevails.
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Sorry to be dense.... is that Municipal ?

I was thinking passenger plates, truck plates or RV plates ?



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the first letter says what it is.. B would be truck under 7000 or whatev, M for municipal.
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its another typical BS parking ticket.

ford ranger is 1 step away from being an elcamino. You can get vans/suvs bigger then a ranger.
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Sorry to be dense.... is that Municipal ?

I was thinking passenger plates, truck plates or RV plates ?



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Hi Tom,
it is a B, like Downforce said.

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Many cities / muni's have a problem with B plates on residential streets.


I think you can also choose to put car plates on it.


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Many cities / muni's have a problem with B plates on residential streets.


I think you can also choose to put car plates on it.


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Hi Tom,
I will look into that also.

Thanks for the tip.

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Similar problem for me. Last Friday I parked a few blocks away from the McCormick Place for the autoshow to save $ on parking. We were parked legally, sign only restricted parking during Bears Games. Next block over required a resident sticker. We got a $60 ticket for not having the resident sticker. I hate Daley and his willing accomplishes. If you're a meter maid or Chicago bureaucrat, that's you.

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Your problem is your plates!!! Order up some passenger car plates for the vehicle and you will be just fine. You don't officially need a B plate anymore but under old classification you did and clerks still plate them that way. Take a look around and you will see excursions with regular passenger plates all over the place. But this ticket you will have to pay unless you use Bugs method and try to sneak your way out of it by exploiting the laziness of city workers.




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Your problem is your plates!!! Order up some passenger car plates for the vehicle and you will be just fine. You don't officially need a B plate anymore but under old classification you did and clerks still plate them that way. Take a look around and you will see excursions with regular passenger plates all over the place. But this ticket you will have to pay unless you use Bugs method and try to sneak your way out of it by exploiting the laziness of city workers.
Hi Tony,
so you are saying I can get passenger car plates for my Ford Ranger? I will have to look into that.

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What? Last I checked, a Ranger isn't a passenger vehicle. It's a vehicle designed to carry cargo, which means it doesn't qualify for passenger plates.

As far as parking on the streets of Chicago goes, it's possible to get a pickup truck permit in some wards (27 and 42 included) through the alderman's office. I'd recommend clearing the ticket and then heading over there to pick one up.

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What? Last I checked, a Ranger isn't a passenger vehicle. It's a vehicle designed to carry cargo, which means it doesn't qualify for passenger plates.

As far as parking on the streets of Chicago goes, it's possible to get a pickup truck permit in some wards (27 and 42 included) through the alderman's office. I'd recommend clearing the ticket and then heading over there to pick one up.
The best scenario is to try to get a permit so I can park it in the front of my house.

If you do get passenger plates, you can get a ticket for false registration, which isn't $25.00.

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heres a easy fix I also have a ford ranger and had B plates, but I recently got Fire Fighter Memorial plates, theres lots of special plates you can get only cost like 20 to 40 more a year.
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The best scenario is to try to get a permit so I can park it in the front of my house.

If you do get passenger plates, you can get a ticket for false registration, which isn't $25.00.
http://www.chicityclerk.com/residentialpickuptruck.php

Regarding the false registration ticket, ordinarily I'd say the Chicago cops wouldn't care, having many better things to worry about, except that (a) the ticket would probably wind up coming from the Department of Revenue, which has nothing better to worry about, and (b) I keep seeing these "false TRP" (temp plate) violations coming up in the police reports for my neighborhood on Everyblock, so apparently they are looking.

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Regarding the false registration ticket, ordinarily I'd say the Chicago cops wouldn't care, having many better things to worry about, except that (a) the ticket would probably wind up coming from the Department of Revenue, which has nothing better to worry about, and (b) I keep seeing these "false TRP" (temp plate) violations coming up in the police reports for my neighborhood on Everyblock, so apparently they are looking.
Thanks for the info, I appreciate it.

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