Chicago Halts Towing, Ticketing

While the coronavirus continues to hinder people’s ability to do normal activities, Mayor Lightfoot offered some relief. Instead of continuing ticketing, towing, and booting, Chicago will put a halt on those practices. The new measure’s intention to help people who are not working at the moment, and it lasts until April 30th. This post will highlight details from the new measure. 

What It Means For Chicagoans

Since the Mayor’s announcement early last week, the City has stopped ticketing, booting, and towing vehicles parked illegally. The only reason the City would ticket, boot or tow your vehicle would be for safety purposes. For example, if you parked your car in a fire lane, by a hydrant, or another restricted area. Other possible towing scenarios are left up to the city, but as Mayor Lightfoot put it, “if a car is just left on the streets, it’s gonna be deemed abandoned and that car will be towed.” As it stands, the measure only lasts until April 30th, however, Mayor Lightfoot could extend it if the virus persists. 

Although the measure could be interpreted as “free city parking” officials want to make sure people understand that is not the case. In other words, do not assume your vehicle is safe from ticketing, towing or booting just because of this measure. In fact, people still must pay for meter parking, however, police will not issue tickets for expired timers. This mayor’s intention is to help people who live in the city but are not working due to the pandemic currently hitting the world. 

Take-Home Message  

As the coronavirus still wreaks havoc on our everyday lives, the Mayor of Chicago has stepped up with a plan for relief. Mayor Lightfoot introduced measures to help those in the city who cannot work right now and therefore cannot pay. Until April 30th, Chicago will not be ticketing, towing, or booting vehicles other than for safety purposes.  

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