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Blocking the path of a street sweeper with your car could soon cost $100 instead of $40 in Evanston.

The city’s Transportation and Parking Committee is scheduled to consider a proposal for that boost in the fine for parking in violation of street cleaning regulations tonight.

But Jill Velan, the city’s parking division manager, says the fine increase would be coupled with a policy change to stop towing cars for routine street clearning violations.

Velan says a more modest increase in the fine, from $35 last year to $40 this year, hasn’t helped reduce the violations — the monthly average for citiations issued has actually risen slightly, to 2,399 from 2,356 last year.

Velan says the city has been inconsistent in implementing the towing policy — meaning some violators are hit with the tow charge of $145 plus storage charges when they pick up their car at North Shore Towing, while others aren’t.

Under Velan’s plan towing would still be an option for specially-posted street cleaning events.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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5 Comments

    1. Seriously?

      Always alert neighbors before it begins?!? Where does self responsibility come into play? Should they let you know the night before it’s trash collection? Should they go and find the owner of the vehicle before your meter expires? Should they give you a courtesy warning a couple days after your plates expire or your wheel tax?

      Come on you can’t be serious. Parking enforcement goes around and blasts their air horn and announces over the intercom to move vehicles, I think that’s being “neighborly” enough. Be responsible and read signs. Set up alerts on your phone, the city actually texts you the night before already, if you take the time to go online and set that up. If you don’t take advantage of all the “Alerts” already in place, then you deserve to get a ticket.

  1. City Parking Fines

    Shameless money grabbing tactics! The city is not interested in reducing the number of violations. The city is interested in finding the highest price at which the number of violations x the price of a ticket will result in an increase in revenue versus a decrease, clearly, they haven’t found that number yet, so up go the fees.

    I have two violations this year, both of which were honest mistakes, The whole every fourth Wednesday, Second Tuesday etc system is deliberately confusing, hence one usually gets a ticket because of an honest mistake, not because of willful disobedience. Tired of the petty money grabbing politics of this city and it’s squeezing of less affluent residents and eager to move!!

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