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Any chicago PD on the board? (truck parking in city)

Whats the deal with parking trucks on a "residential" street?
what constitutes a residiential street?
i though it was only work trucks or "B" plates that couldn't park on resi streets?

I have a little bitty ranger single cab and have gotten nailed with another ticket for parking on a residential street.
my truck is smaller than most suv's and it is absolutely not a work truck.
There was a dakota parked in front of me that did not get a ticket, but he had a camper top. and he had FF plates.

i think this cop is being malicious. total dick. my truck is very clean and definitly not an eyesore. looks nothing like those plywood covered junk trucks that are all over the city.

If i get a camper top will i be cool? or a tonneau cover?
i have rv plates on the ranger btw.

it totally pisses me off that you can park a big ass expedition in the city but not a little ranger. and the city sticker is cheaper (˝ the price) too.
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IIRC (it's been a loong time), "B" plates will get you grief. (My ex-husband's El Camino used to get nailed... and we had to park our S-10 in the backyard until he got a cap and RV plates for it.)

Unless things have changed since 1989, you should be okay with the RV plates. I'll ask my buddy.

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I too have a Ranger and live in the city B plates will get you a ticket. Here is the Loophole. Any specialty plate can go on your Ranger FF PV colllege whatever get one of those and it changes you truck cassification I believe that is why the other truck does not get a ticket. It all has to do with the plate. I also drove on lakeshore drive with it and that is a no no for a truck.

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I too have a Ranger and live in the city B plates will get you a ticket. Here is the Loophole. Any specialty plate can go on your Ranger FF PV colllege whatever get one of those and it changes you truck cassification I believe that is why the other truck does not get a ticket. It all has to do with the plate. I also drove on lakeshore drive with it and that is a no no for a truck.

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I have RV plates on it. i thought those would work. For some reason I think the cop around here won't care what plates are on it and will srite the ticket anyway. Excerp from violations:
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Park Truck, Recreation Vehicle more than 22 feet in length, Self-contained Motor Home, Bus, Taxi (except Wards 15 and 46), Livery Vehicle on a Residential Street. Note: Pickup trucks and vans are excepted in Wards 1, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 26, 28, 29, 32, 33, 37, 40, 42, 43, 46, 49, and 50
it just says truck, so no mater what plates i have the fine officer (who should be out getting someone that is actually breaking a real law or hurting someone, etc) can still keep giving me tickets. I think that it is a new generation of cops, compared to the old generation that just didn't care about petty shit like this.

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ok, i was perusing on the cityofchicago.org site and found this:

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Residential Truck Parking Permit Application


The City Clerk now issues Residential Truck Parking Permits. They may be obtained at

City Hall
121 N. LaSalle Street
Room 107
Chicago, IL 60602

or

City Clerk Satellite Facility
5301 S. Cicero Avenue - Ste. 106
Chicago, Illinois 60632

You may call 312-744-6774 for more information on vehicle stickers.

so has anyone ever gotten one of these?
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i wish somebody could explain to me why an s10 with a b-plate is more detrimental to the city than an excursion with regular plates?
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i wish somebody could explain to me why an s10 with a b-plate is more detrimental to the city than an excursion with regular plates?

Better yet WHY IS THIS LAW EVEN IN THE BOOKS IN THE FIRST PLACE?
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Better yet WHY IS THIS LAW EVEN IN THE BOOKS IN THE FIRST PLACE?
To keep out the riffraff.

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apparently you don't need to be a fireman to get the FF plates....

should i go get those and hope that I will be spared because the cop thinks i'm a CFD?

i went all the way to city hall today to find out that my ward, and my girls ward, (across the street) cannot get those gd residential truck permits!

this is really screwed up.

i sent an email to both alderman asking about getting a permit....????

seriously, my truck is half the size and i pay twice as much for a city sticker as the guy with an expedition, and he is the one that is allowed to park on the street. TOTAL BULLSHIT!!!
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go get any type of speciality plates that takes the b type off. FF plates are for our firefighters memorial. Some firefighters get bent about non personnel getting the plates because it distinguishes us from others, then again I feel...more money for my fallen brothers & sisters & families in need.
When I had my s-10 I had truck plates and was pulled over by state all the time for being in the l lane, tferred my FF plates to the truck, never been pulled over again, asked a friend whos a trooper and he said they can't pull me over because they are not truck plates...they still can if they want to be pricks though
yeah, i was kind of wanting to avoid the FF plates since i'm not a firefighter, but i saw the $ was going somewhere (i hope) good. i'm thinking that with the FF plates, i will be less likely to get hassled compared to the other specialty plates....???

as i mentioned b4, i do NOT have B-plates, i have RV plates but am still having a problem with this.
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Really all they have to do is re-word teh law to say medium duty and heavy duty trucks banned. Pickups (even 1 ton duallies) are still classified as light duty in 99% of the country. We arent talking about parking semi tractors on teh street (which is illegal here. Driveways legal though).


And Kim, $5 in tolls one way from me to Ohare are enough make me not go to chicago much anymore.
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Skokie used to be the same way up to 2-3 years ago. Park a pick-up on the street with B-plates, get a ticket every night. If you went to court, the judge would let it go. But who can take off work that much. Skokie finally did something about it and made it alright for B-plates, but it took a long time.

Write the city, your congressman, or alderman and get it changed. Until then, sounds like you'll need to change your plate as others have suggested.

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FF, PV, or whatever doesn't always work. It's still the descretion of the officer. Any pick up can get a ticket. Even if you have RV plates, unless you have a cap and a sink in the bed they can ticket you. I ended up selling a P/U because of this. Trust me I've been through it all at the station for it. The only thing they would say is that if I made a donation to get the FF, PV plates etc. The PD may not bother me, but they wouldn't promise that they wouldn't

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What a stupid law! So I can't legally park my little Datsun pickup (which is smaller than almost any SUV or full-sized car) in the city, or drive it on LSD? When I visit friends in the city, I sometimes take the truck, because I don't want one of my nice cars stolen. Are there certain places I can park legally? Or is anywhere I park it illegal?
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