People who park in fire lanes in shopping centers and on other private property in Evanston may soon face a $55 fine and risk having their car towed away.

The City Council this week introduced an ordinance that would give the city authority to sign contracts with property owners giving the city the power to go onto private property to enforce fire lane rules.

Until now it’s been up to the property owner to contract with a private towing service to handle fire lane violations.

The new process is authorized under state law. The property owner would be responsible for posting fire lane signs and adding pavement markings if requested by the city.

The City Council is expected to give final approval to the new ordinance at its next meeting, on Dec. 10.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

Leave a comment

The goal of our comment policy is to make the comments section a vibrant yet civil space. Treat each other with respect — even the people you disagree with. Whenever possible, provide links to credible documentary evidence to back up your factual claims.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *