Roads clear of snow and ice are ideal for the safety of Chicago drivers, but many say the city has gone overboard with the recent ban on street parking. In the wee hours of December 1st, a city-wide ban on overnight street parking went into effect, causing hundreds of residents to scramble outside in an effort to avoid the disappearance of their cars.
Vehicles left out on the street past 3am were eligible to be towed away by the city. In all, nearly 240 cars were towed the first night that the ban went into effect. Parking tickets were also issued to violators and, coupled with towing fees, drivers could pay more than $210 to get squared away with the city.
The winter overnight parking ban was put into place so snow plows will be able to effectively clear the city streets of ice and snow. The ban affects priority arterial routes within the city.
However, many Chicago drivers are calling foul, as there was no snow or ice in sight—not even a predicted storm—when their cars were towed.
“It’s pretty stupid. Especially like, I get it sometimes. In the snow, they need to clear the roads. But there’s no snow,” a Chicago native, Jean Kalisky, told ABC 7 Eyewitness News. Some residents even believed their cars to be stolen, only to find out that the city had carried them off to make way for snow plows that weren’t coming.
Here at Paul Sur Buick GMC, we hope that you stay safe on the roads this winter. What do you think of the Chicago winter overnight parking ban? To avoid getting a ticket and a tow this winter, check out this handy map of all of the streets where the ban with remain in effect until March 31st.