Proposal Hikes Penalties for Crooked Valets

Ald. Brendan Reilly says valet operators sometimes use fake parking meter receipts and toss parking tickets

Thursday, Apr 3, 2014  |  Updated 1:21 PM CDT
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A new parking problem downtown has nothing to do with the meters. Alderman Brendan Reilly (42nd) says some valet attendants have found a way to rip off drivers.

A new parking problem downtown has nothing to do with the meters. Alderman Brendan Reilly (42nd) says some valet attendants have found a way to rip off drivers.

A Chicago alderman on Wednesday introduced an ordinance to crack down on valets who park on city streets illegally.

The proposal made by Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) would make it easier to revoke the license of companies that break the law. Offenders could also face fines of up to $5,000.

The downtown alderman in February said some valet attendants rip off drivers by using fake parking meter receipts. If the vehicle gets a ticket, Reilly said the attendant will sometimes just toss it away.

Valet companies reached by NBC Chicago denied the allegations.

Under Chicago's existing ordinances, cars parked by valet are to be put in a lot or a garage, not on a city street.

The proposal needs review by the city's Committee on License and Consumer Protection before moving to the full City Council.

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