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New State Law Will Curb Abuse of Disabled Parking

Thursday, December 26, 2013

New guidelines/free-parking exemptions take effect Jan. 1

A new Illinois law aimed at cracking down on abled-bodied motorists who abuse disabled parking permits will take effect on Jan. 1.

Passed unanimously by the Illinois General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn in 2012, the legislation provides free parking to motorists who are physically unable to access a meter or pay box because they use a wheelchair or have a severe disability. Eligible motorists will now display a yellow-and-gray colored placard to park for free at metered spaces in Chicago and throughout the state.

The new law is designed to ensure that only people with permanent physical disabilities are granted free parking while preventing fraud and abuse. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s office began issuing placards in May to motorists who meet the new criteria. Nearly 700,000 existing placard holders with disabilities applied to renew their placards as part of the agency’s recertification process conducted every four years. Illinois motorists who are eligible for the new placard had to submit documentation from their primary care doctor verifying that they qualify. Given the new requirements, state officials expect that the number of disabled motorists who qualify for free parking will decline significantly.

In addition, Illinoisans who are issued blue or red placards or disability license plates will no longer qualify for free parking in metered zones on any street in Illinois. Blue placards allow motorists to park in disability-designated spaces in parking lots, not in metered parking zones, while red placards will only allow for parking in disability-designated spots in parking lots for a temporary period of time. Drivers with blue or red placards must still pay at the meters on the street.

The law also increases the fines for unauthorized use of a disabled-parking permit to $600 from $500. Individuals who create or possess a counterfeit placard face a fine of $1,000, doubled from $500.

The legislation resulted from a 2011 Chicago Sun-Times investigation that found widespread abuse of free disability parking. The newspaper documented dozens of cases of able-bodied drivers using fake or unauthorized placards – either stolen, purchased online or belonging to a living or deceased relative – to avoid paying parking meters.

Parking Meter Changes Complete Throughout City

Friday, June 28, 2013

(June 27, 2013) Chicago – Changes to city parking meters have been completed, Chicago Parking Meters LLC announced today.

Chicago motorists no longer need to feed parking meters on Sundays outside the downtown area bounded by Roosevelt Avenue to the South, North Avenue to the North and Halsted Street to the West. Pay boxes located in areas with free parking features will no longer accept payment on Sundays if motorists attempt to insert credit cards or money.

In addition, metered parking will be extended from 9:00 pm to midnight in the River North neighborhood, bordered by the Chicago River to the south and west and Division Street to the north.

Metered parking has also been extended throughout the city Monday through Saturday by one hour – from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on meters that had ended at 9:00 pm. Meters that had ended at 6:00 p.m. were not affected by the changes.

CPM reminds motorists to carefully read and follow the directions on the meters, motorists are responsible only for paying the posted rate on the meters.

Free Sunday (on-street) Parking Comes to Chicago

Friday, June 14, 2013

Free Sunday on-street parking comes to Chicago

State-of-the-art mobile payment also in the works


(June 14, 2013) Chicago – Beginning this weekend, Chicago Parking Meters, LLC will start   rolling out free Sunday parking for Chicago’s on-street parking meters. Once the process is completed, Sunday parking will be free of charge across all city neighborhoods outside the city’s downtown area.

On Sunday, Chicago Parking Meters (“CPM”) will begin work over the next few weeks to complete the changes across the entire free-Sunday zone, which will eventually include any meters south of Roosevelt Road, west of Halsted Street, and north of North Avenue.

Free Sunday parking is part of an agreement between the City and CPM, which was approved by the Chicago City Council on June 5.

“This agreement is a positive development for drivers and the City of Chicago, and we look forward to continuing to provide motorists with dependable, easy, and convenient parking,” said Dennis Pedrelli of Chicago Parking Meters. “Under the agreement, drivers will enjoy free parking on Sundays and new mobile payment options.”

The agreement will enable motorists to pay for on-street parking using their smart phones beginning in May 2014. The City will also save approximately $1 billion over the life of the parking meter concession by the reduction of an annual payment connected with changes to the City’s parking meter system.

Motorists should note that metered parking will be extended Monday through Saturday by one hour – from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on meters that currently end at 9:00 pm. Metered parking will be extended from 9:00 pm to midnight in the River North neighborhood, bordered by the Chicago River to the south and west and Division Street to the north. Meters that currently end at 6:00 p.m. will not be affected.

During this transition, CPM reminds motorists to carefully read and follow the directions on the meters to determine if changes have taken effect on a particular block. As the transition moves forward, motorists are responsible only for paying the posted rate on the meters. Accordingly, only the posted rates on each meter will be enforced.

Beginning in May 2014, motorists will have a state-of-the-art mobile payment option for initial and follow-on payments to meters. They can simply enter a meter number and amount of time into a smart phone application or use a cell phone. This new technology will offer a number of time-saving conveniences: payments will no longer have to be made at a meter, printed receipts will no longer need to be placed on dashboards, and drivers will no longer have to return to their car to increase their time allotment. Motorists who purchase parking for two hours or more will pay no additional fees. Those paying for less than two hours will pay a 35-cent convenience fee, which is comparable to or less than similar fees in other cities.

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About Chicago Parking Meters

Chicago Parking Meters LLC (CPM) is the third-largest metered parking system in the United States and the largest system privately operated under a concession agreement. CPM is responsible for the operation, management, maintenance, and rehabilitation of Chicago's on-street parking, and since 2009 has invested over $35 million in system modernization and customer service improvements. With electronic pay boxes at all  of the approximately 36,000 metered spaces in the city’s downtown and neighborhood areas and proficient maintenance processes, it is one of the most sophisticated parking operations in the U.S. and has resulted in Chicago being ranked #1 in the world for on-street parking in IBM’s 2011 Global Parking Survey. CPM, through its philanthropy program, CPM Community Partners, serves Chicago’s communities by investing both time and money in youth-focused organizations across the city. For more information, please visit www.chicagometers.com.



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