Few people expect their car to not be there
when they park it. The questions that they ask themselves
- Was my car stolen?
- Did I forget where I parked?
- Was my car towed?
The citizens of Chicago have "the privilege" to
have their car towed without any notice. Many times they call 911
in order to report their car stolen. The city doesn't notify owners
because they don't have access to their phone numbers or e-mails
which is why this is a major issue.
This "clearance" was created to help emergency road work or to
support a movie scene in the city of Chicago. Truck drivers
are being instructed to move into the next available legal parking
spaces. The space may be a few blocks away or at
couple of miles away. This new tactic has allowed the City of
Chicago to relocate around 20 000 vehicles in the past few months.
A new hot-line(311) was setup for drivers to recieve
information for their moved vehicle. This city's decision
was made to minimize the inconvenience to vehicle owners(all from
the delay in logging cars). The city is STRICT and won't have
answers for drivers looking for their cars. It doesn't matter if
you find your car after a week, not realizing that the city workers
moved your car, you need to file a theft claim with your insurance
"They will not get the letter until three or four days after their
car was moved," said Department of Transportation spokesman Pete
Scales. "The best thing to do is to call 311 within a few
Do you always
pay attention to the parking signs all over Chicago? Many drivers
are distracted and don't pay attention to such things, but it's
different when you parked your vehicle correctly. That's why many
owners are upset about their vehicles being moved without their
permission.Everyone would react the same way if they take something
that belongs to them and forget to "give it back".
The city's moved-car database can take a while to update after a
relocation, and there's no way for the police to know what happened
to it. So for all you know, the car was stolen. That's been the
real life story for more than a few residents of Chicago. That's
the city way of "taking care of things" for the people. The reason
for registration delays is that, in some cases tow trucks need to
move a number of vehicles at the same time. In this case they might
wait to register the vehicles after all of them have been moved.
City officials said all moved vehicles are registered into the
This must be a great pain to deal with for the urban residents of
the Windy City. If your car is relocated and it takes a
week or two to find out where, your car could have been
towed for violating some parking or street sweeping
ordinance during that time. That's two levels of bureaucracy to
deal with instead of just one, three if you count parking tickets
and the police department.
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