That 150th anniversary city sticker on your car likely will be the last one you’ll ever get.
City officials reviewed plans Monday night to eliminate the physical stickers when residents are required to renew their vehicle registration and pay the annual “wheel tax” at the end of this year.
Parking Manager Rickey Voss said the city’s purchase last year of license plate recognition cameras and software for parking enforcement vehicles means that the city now can quickly match plates to a registration database and determine whether the owner of a car registered to an Evanston address has paid the local tax.
That means, he says, that workers no longer have to look for stickers on cars.
Voss says the change will make things more convenient for residents — because they won’t have to go out in the cold to apply the sticker or worry about it being stolen.
And the city will save money by not having to produce or mail out the stickers.
The city is also updating its website so sticker purchases and payments can be handled completely online.
But decal-free nirvana hasn’t arrived yet for residents who also need a residential parking permit. Those, Vos says, will still require physical stickers — at least for one more year.
Some residents have said they’re worried that, without an Evanston sticker, they’ll get a ticket if they park their car in Chicago. Voss said he will have some traditional stickers available for people who say they need them for that, or other, reasons.